TRCF’s 2016 grantees were announced in June 2016.
Abolitionist Law Center – $4,000
The ALC’s mission is to abolish class- and race-based mass incarceration through strategic litigation, public education, and grassroots organizing. They received funding for operating support, including their campaigns challenging long-term solitary confinement, and protecting prisoners from the environmental pollution that came about through constructing SCI-Fayette on a coal ash dump.
Allegheny Intermediate Unit: Pitt-Bridge – $2,000
AIU’s Health Sciences Club at Clairton High School conducted student-led research on three topics: Alzheimer’s disease and its effects on families; youth access to sexually transmitted infection information; and the effect of local crime on whether businesses stay in the area.
American Friends Service Committee – $4,000
The Pittsburgh Youth Undoing Institutional Racism project’s goal is to build the power and capacity of youth of color and community partners to advocate for policy changes at the local, county, or city level that will decrease the disproportionate criminalization of youth of color.
Black and White Reunion – $4,000
Having run the annual Summit Against Racism as a purely volunteer effort for 17 years, the 2016 Summit employed a coordinator. Funding was used to employ two coordinators for the 2017 Summit, increasing the level of professionalism and post-Summit outreach and evaluation the group can do.
Consumer Health Coalition – $4,000
The CHC launched an advocacy campaign in Beaver County, to develop and expand on existing strategies to empower individuals with disabilities to act on their own behalf and as a community.
Equality Pennsylvania Education Fund – $4,000
Funds supported the field organizing program in Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania from July-October 2016, to assist in increasing voter empowerment through LGBTQIA+ education and voter registration.
Hatch Arts Collective – $4,000
Driftless is a new, full-length play that investigates fracking, frac sand mining, and environmental justice through collaborative performance-making. Funds went towards outreach and ensuring economic justice through hiring an Actors Equity Association stage manager. Performances were held in August of 2016 at the New Hazlett Theater.
Just Harvest Education Fund – $4,000
Just Harvest organized a low-income people’s Action Against Hunger Council to deepen and broaden organizational effectiveness in mobilizing grassroots participation in public policy advocacy efforts on a range of hunger- and poverty-related issues.
Pittsburgh Poster Project – $4,000
The PPP is a collaboration of artists, organizers, and educators using art and cultural work to disrupt and support resilient alternatives to structural racism, gentrification, the extractive economy, worker exploitation, and environmental injustice. This project will create a piece dismantling the myth of “The New Pittsburgh.”
Pittsburghers for Public Transit – $4,000
PPT organizes public transit riders, workers, and residents to defend and expand public transit. Funds supported community campaigns to restore service and ensure that public transit and land-use planning and decision-making is transparent, equitable, and inclusive.
Union Project – $4,000
Based on UP’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day annual celebration, the Union Project launched the Creative Conversation Series. This includes monthly art-infused conversations that result in social change actions that participants can perform. Participants can report back the following month on their activities.