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Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center

Founded in 2000, the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center is a grassroots, 501c3 organization committed to using media and art production and distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice.

Voices for Racial Justice

Voices for Racial Justice advances racial, cultural, social and economic justice in Minnesota through organizer training, strategic policy research and multi-racial convening. Our main activities are: •    Organizer and racial justice leadership training. We build the leadership capacity for a strong, bold and aligned movement for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. We have trained and supported more than 300 organizers, local organizations and policy leaders in community institutions. •    Research and analysis. We assess the potential racial and economic impact of key public policies, practices and decisions on communities of color. Our policy papers, racial equity agendas, Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity and other tools help communities and decision-makers align to advance racial equity. •    Convening and campaigns. We create the spaces through which diverse communities of color from multiple organizations develop shared messages, strategies and campaigns to address racial equity issues. These multiracial campaigns include the Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, OUR MPLS and Voices for Voting Rights.•    Organizer and racial justice leadership training. We build the leadership capacity for a strong, bold and aligned movement for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. We have trained and supported more than 300 organizers, local organizations and policy leaders in community institutions. •    Research and analysis. We assess the potential racial and economic impact of key public policies, practices and decisions on communities of color. Our policy papers, racial equity agendas, Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity and other tools help communities and decision-makers align to advance racial equity. •    Convening and campaigns. We create the spaces through which diverse communities of color from multiple organizations develop shared messages, strategies and campaigns to address racial equity issues. These multiracial campaigns include the Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, OUR MPLS and Voices for Voting Rights.

Woodlawn Reentry Project

The Woodlawn Reentry Project was launched in 2011, as a grassroots community-based response to the critical need for community reentry services delivery on behalf of youth and adult returning citizens exiting County/State/Federal correctional facilities. WRP’s mission drives community mobilization, capacity building and sustainability efforts supporting services delivery infrastructure that successfully restores formerly incarcerated citizens back to communities across Chicago.

Alternate ROOTS

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. Alternate ROOTS calls for social and economic justice and is working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.

Southwest Workers’ Union

The Southwest Workers’ Union (SWU) is an organization of low-income workers and families, community residents, and youth, united in one organizational struggle for worker rights, environmental justice and community empowerment. Based in San Antonio, Texas, SWU empowers and organizes its 2,500 members through education, leadership development, and direct action.

Center for Social Inclusion

The Center for Social Inclusion works to identify and support policy strategies to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. They work with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive no matter our race or ethnicity.

Common Frequency

Common Frequency is a nonprofit dedicated to innovative new community and college radio. By providing free and low-cost aid to regular people educating themselves to be the media, Common Frequency has been supporting the launch of grassroots stations since 2006.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

The Institute’s mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.