African Communities Together connects African immigrants to critical resources by encouraging civic and social engagement, with the goal of economic empowerment. ACT helps members find free or low cost assistance with immigration, employment, and other urgent needs.
In addition, ACT facilitates the French and American Languages Cooperative. This 12 week co-op academy helps workers become trained language interpreters.
African Communities Together
“Encouraging African immigrants with the goal of economic security…...”
Black Women’s Blueprint is an organization that envisions a New York City in which Black communities are free from sexual violence and it’s consequences. BWB believes that black survivors of sexual violence have the power to advocate and pave the way for political change. Black Women’s Blueprint is a provider of direct services the crises intervention, case management, emergency assistance, and individual counseling.
The organization uses an innovative approach to move survivors from trauma to healing through their faith-based services, such as sister circles and support groups.
Black Women's Blueprint
“Black Women’s Blueprint.. . .envisions a NYC in which. . . communities are free from sexual violence…moving survivors from trauma to healing.”
Brandworkers is a member led organization founded in 2007 by food and retail employees as a way for disenfranchised workers to combat the harmful business practices of NYC’s food manufacturing sector. With 35,000 members, they organize to end exploitation, discrimination, wage theft, and targeted attacks used by employers.
In 2012, Brandworkers won back $577,000 in unpaid wages and a binding code of conduct from Flaum Appetizing. The organization has since shifted focus to the artisanal bread sector, specifically Tom Cat’s Bakery
“a membership led organization founded to end exploitation, discrimination, wage theft and targeted attacks by employers.”
Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV) is a Pan-Asian community based organization that works to build power across low income Asian immigrants to win institutional change for racial, gender, and economic justice. Over the last few years, they have become trailblazers in housing organization as a vehicle to build a broader movement for collective wins.
CAAAV provides it’s members with; primarily older Chinatown residences, with leadership skills to directly affect the changes in their community.
Communities United for Police Reform
Communities United for Police Reform Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is a campaign, fiscally sponsored by the North Star Fund dedicated to ending discriminatory policing that disproportionately impact communities of color. This includes the homeless, LGTBQ, mentally ill, mentally disabled, immigrants, women, Muslims, and youth. CPR offers a variety of trainings such as Know Your Rights (KYR), Anti-Violence Training, Community Safety, and Cop Watch.
In 2013, CPR and their fellow allies successfully passed the Community Safety Act, which has led to groundbreaking NYPD reform.
Information for Families (IFF) has been publishing "How...When...Where"and distributing it free of charge to residents of New York City family shelters for 27 years. IFF also produces an online resource center with the aim of helping the most vulnerable of New York City's families. Together the newsletter and the online resources give families who are homeless or formerly homeless, and families in danger of losing their homes the information that will enable them to find resources and build a more secure and independent life. These resources also enable communities, social scientists, and service providers to share information and concerns so they may better serve these families.
Type of support:General Operating Grant amount:$5,000 Funding since:2005