The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. – Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)

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Peace & Social Justice Grantees (1989-2010)

(Date indicates the year the grantee was last funded)

Alliance for Progressive Action, 2001
This association of more than 50 organizations was formed to support and provide technical assistance to the progressive movement. Member groups represent labor, religious groups, women, minorities and civic and gay communities. The Organizing Training Project developed and expanded the base of organizing skills in the local progressive movement, especially among low-income, African American and female activists.

American Friends Service Committee, PA State Program, 2010
The National Guard Listening Project used dialogue and listening to raise awareness of the economic and human cost of deploying the National Guard in Iraq, and was part of a state-wide project to bring home the National Guard.  A group of trained listeners interviewed members of the National Guard and their families and communities, and documented the concerns and issues around serving overseas.  The report generated was used to raise awareness of the cost of the war.  In 2008, AFSC received funding to start the program Alternatives to Military Recruiting, which informed students of local career, job training, and college funding opportunities that are non-military related.  In 2010, AFSC implemented a Racial Equity through Human Rights program, engaging youth in discussions on human rights, racial justice, and social justice.

Artists Upstairs, 2008
Collaborating with a variety of other organizations, Artists Upstairs (ArtUp) brought an exhibit about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Pittsburgh.  In addition to the exhibition, they included workshops, speakers, and activities at the Children’s Museum.

Blacks United Against the War, 2003
TRCF funds went to a teach-in about the political and economic impact of the war in Iraq on the black community.  The teach-in also examined the escalation of racial profiling and the growing threats to civil liberties that the war has produced.

Book ‘Em, 2009
This group provides special-request books for prisoners, and, with TRCF’s support, produced and published educational booklets for prisoners in Pennsylvania dealing with law, how to start your own business, and how to write grants.  In 2009, they used a grant to update their Pennsylvania Action Directory, a 55-page booklet of resources for prisoners and ex-offenders.

Carrick HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), 1998
Carrick HOSA is a local chapter of HOSA, a national student organization that provides leadership development, motivation and recognition to its members while promoting and strengthening health occupation education.

Citizens for Police Accountability, 2002
TRCF funding helped to protect and expand the effectiveness of the Citizen Police Review Board and develop a community-based response network as well as provide key information on citizens’ rights when they encounter the police.

Coalition of Concerned Citizens, 2006
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens works for voter education, registration, and mobilization of ex-offenders in Allegheny County.  They aim to increase ex-offenders’ political and civic involvement by hiring ex-offenders as outreach workers to go into their communities and encourage other ex-offenders to get active in the political process.

Committee for Appropriate Acknowledgment, 1999
The TRCF grant supported the second free public talk in Pittsburgh advocating for German companies to acknowledge their Nazi-era participation with slave workers, featuring two speakers from Germany.

Committee to Support the Center for Constitutional Rights, 2004
TRCF funds were used to host a speaking session with Jules Lobel, a Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, as the keynote speaker.  Topics discussed included civil rights and liberties education and outreach, the impact of current Supreme Court cases involving civil liberties, human rights, and international law concerns.

Conflict Resolution Center International, Inc., 2003
CRCI trains peace and community activists, through interactive seminars, in how to deal with people who hold contrary views, whether they be people on the street, family, or work-mates.

Conscience Pittsburgh, 2003
This area group supports any individual, who by an act of conscience, objects to personally participating in combat activities of our nation’s military forces.  They do this through counseling, legal support, organizing public solidarity with the objectors, outreach, and educational activities on the alternatives to war and military participation.

Cross Current, 1999
TRCF helped to subsidize free performances by Cross Current at strikes, rallies and/or benefits of other social and economic justice organizations.

Fayette County Complete Count Committee, 2000
A TRCF Special Opportunity Grant helped underwrite a strategic planning meeting to outline a complete approach for a full census count for 2010.

G-20 Media Support Team, 2009
The G-20 MST was formed to be an information clearinghouse and media center for supporting dissent around the Group of 20 Economic Summit, held in Pittsburgh September 24-25, 2009.  Funds were used to create media packets, a hub website for all groups to publish media, press materials, and a banner for use at press conferences.

G-6 Billion, 2009
The G-6 Billion was an interfaith group organized to represent the rest of the world not at the Group of 20 Economic Summit’s table.  Funds were used for their march and call for peace at the D. L. Lawrence Convention Center, and an interfaith prayer vigil at St. Mary’s of the Mount on Mount Washington to mark the UN International Day of Peace.

Global Connections, 2002
Global Connections used TRCF funds to build a membership-based coalition of organizations and individuals working for progressive change in America’s relationship to the developing world.

Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, 2007
Funds went towards the continuation of GPNP’s Voter Engagement Initiative. The VEI continued via support for pilot participants to build the “supervoter” population and to expand the program by offering it to more members.

HEArt-Human Equity Through Art, 1997
HEArt promotes the role of artists as human rights activists, encourages artistic expressions that address racial, gender, sexual and other forms of discrimination, and seeks public recognition of the relevance of art as a vehicle for social reform. The group also publishes HEArt Quarterly, a journal of literature, visual arts and reviews.

League of Young Voters Education Fund, 2007
The League of Young Voters utilized its funding to enhance their all-encompassing voter engagement strategy, including registration, education, mobilization, and election protection. Their most recent grant used funds to create promotional materials and to send outreach workers to the Allegheny County Jail and targeted communities. The materials helped potential voters learn about judicial candidates and raise their awareness of social justice issues.

Mary Miller Dance Company, 1999
TRCF funds helped to subsidize free tickets to “Peace 2001, A Journey into the Millennium, Year Four: Education,” addressing the lack of education as a barrier to achieving a peaceful world. Tickets were distributed through peace and progressive organizations sponsoring the project.

Mon Valley Media, Inc., 2005
TRCF funds were most recently used to produce an hour-long documentary entitled “Death Watch,” about innocent people serving time on death row in Pennsylvania.  Other TRCF-funded projects: Free Speech Denied (art exhibit – 2003); Cave vs. Cure: Healing the Landscape (multi-media art exhibit – 2002); Memories of a Forgotten War (film screening – 2001); Unbound Ground (environmental/community art exhibit – 2001).

Museum of the Quest for Social Justice, 1997
To publicize the history of the struggle for social justice, the museum is developing a traveling exhibit. “The Quest for Social Justice: Struggles to Achieve the American Value of Liberty and Justice for All” consists of 29 panels depicting landmark events of social justice throughout the 20th century.

Passageway to Hope Duquesne Coalition, 1997
TRCF funds were used to open a “Collaborative Community Office,” where programs and/or organizations without a site could meet, store materials, and plan activities.

Pennsylvania Peace Links, 1995
Using middle and high school students as puppeteers, Pennsylvania Peace Links brought the message of conflict resolution to area pre-school and elementary schools. The puppet show was based on “The Tree House,” a donated story written by Lois Lowry.

Pennsylvania Prison Society, Allegheny County Chapter, 2000
TRCF funds helped to update the Help! I’m Free! Guide, a listing of agencies and services directed to ex-offenders returning to the community, which includes housing, job search, counseling services, health care and legal services.

Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, 2010
By partnering with the Clarence Darrow Foundation, PADP used a TRCF grant to bring a unique and inspirational theater and education project to the Pittsburgh Community.  The play integrated arts with community organizing to help attract, education, and recruit new members to the anti-death penalty movement.

People Against Police Violence, 2004
This organization hosts marches, speakouts, public meetings, and letter-writing campaigns to let the public know about police violence.  TRCF funds helped them produce fact sheets and purchase supplies for marches.

People’s Voices, 2009
Organized primarily by United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, the Institute for Policy Studies, and The Nation magazine, People’s Voices events, held during the Group of 20 Economic Summit (September 24-25), included panel discussions, public conversations, and a public tribunal, which charged the G-20 with violating all 33 parts of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

The Peoples’ Summit, 2009
This multi-day conference held right before the Group of 20 Economic Summit (September 24-25, 2009) was created by a broad partnership of educators and social justice groups, and featured panels, speakers, and workshops on a wide range of issues (poverty, racism, war, environment, human rights, activism, etc.).

Pittsburgh Bill of Rights Defense Campaign, 2003
This group is working towards repealing all or portions of the USA PATRIOT Act.  A two-part project, they intend to first persuade Pittsburgh City Council to pass a resolution against the Act, and then to do a public education campaign about the Act and what it entails.

Pittsburgh Campaign for Democracy Now, 2003
This group is working towards getting the daily radio program called “Democracy Now,” hosted by Amy Goodman, to be carried on a Pittsburgh radio station.

Pittsburgh Committee for Comprehensive Peace in the Middle East, 1991
This group went to Washington, D.C., to urge a peaceful solution to the Persian Gulf Crisis.

Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition, 2006
PDEC brought in Capt. Brian Steidle with a TRCF Special Opportunity Grant, so he could speak at the University of Pittsburgh on the atrocities he witnessed while in Darfur, Sudan.  He also was available to meet with student leaders of Darfur coalitions started at many local high schools, to discuss what more students could do to help stop the genocide.

Pittsburgh Independent Media Center/Rustbelt Radio, 2009
PIMC used its funds to expand their community outreach and trainings to new community organizers, with the goal of producing independent, news radio reports on local and global issues of concern for residents of the Greater Pittsburgh area.  They also used part of their funds to have a web-based stream going 24/7 during the G-20 summit and surrounding activities.

Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network, 2001
Members of PIIN, a faith-based community organization created to undertake community organizing and issue advocacy, are attending leadership training to acquire the skills and theory to become effective in community organizing.

Pittsburgh Peace Institute, 1997
The institute served as an educational resource on nonviolent conflict resolution and disarmament, as well as role model appreciation and sensitivity to cultural diversity. A handbook funded in part by a TRCF grant focused on helping adults understand and reinforce the principles of nonviolence.

Pittsburgh United, 2007
Pittsburgh United is dedicated to ensuring that development brings benefits to neighborhoods. The funds received allowed them to include voter registration and engagement to their ongoing grassroots organizing. Activities included door-to-door canvassing, mass meetings, phone banking, and collaborations.

QED Accountability Project, 1993
This project rallied people in southwestern Pennsylvania to join in a nationwide effort to force public broadcasting stations to be more responsive to local programming needs. Representatives succeeded in sitting on QED committees and making recommendations with regard to board composition, committee structure and programming.

Regional Coalition of Community Builders, 2004
TRCF funds were used to underwrite the costs of 10 grassroots individuals to attend conferences on topics such as building leadership, alliances, stronger organizations, inclusive communities, and connecting communities to waterways.

River City Nonviolent Resistance Campaign, 1989
The campaign focuses on issues of nuclear waste and federal military spending.

Scholar Warrior Journal, 1995
This nonprofit, nonpartisan magazine of progressive political thought used a 1995 grant to increase visibility and sales of the magazine and work toward establishing a fund to aid victims of violence.

Shalom Planning Committee, 1993
Since 1986, when members of the Mennonite and Presbyterian communities began meeting together as a committee, several conferences addressing an interdenominational approach to peace and diversity issues have been held in southwestern Pennsylvania. A TRCF grant provided scholarships for low-income individuals to attend the conferences.

Southwest Pittsburgh Community Development Corporation, 1991
This association provided organizing and advocacy skills to grassroots groups in the community.

Steel Valley Arts Council, 2003
TRCF provided funding to create a mural in Homestead using leftover tiles from the Three Rivers Arts Festival.  The tiles were painted by community members and visitors, and then were installed along the Ann Street side of 301 East 8th Avenue.

Stop the FTAA Campaign, 2004
TRCF funds were used to bring the Ruckus Society to Pittsburgh for a weekend of intensive trainings to help local activists develop the skills they need to organize most effectively around local issues.

Thomas Merton Center, 2003
The center is a widely used resource to groups working for environmental, economic, racial and social justice in Pittsburgh. Projects supported by TRCF include a series of forums on racism; distribution of the Peace, Justice and Ecology Directory; the Citizens Budget Campaign; hosting speakers on various social justice causes; and the Youth Arts & Advocacy Project, making connections between advocacy, art and activism.

Thomas Merton Center Anti-War Committee, 2009
TRCF funds went to supporting the committee’s mass march, centered on the theme “Money for Human Needs, Not War!”  This march, held during the last day of the Group of 20 Economic Summit, was the largest peace march in Pittsburgh (8,000+) since the time of the Vietnam War.

Veterans for Peace, Inc., 2004
VFP used TRCF funds to distribute 625 copies of the book Addicted to War to libraries and teachers in the inner city and other economically deprived public schools in the Pittsburgh area.  They also simultaneously offer veterans as guest speakers.  The books will help students to critically think and better weigh a military recruiter’s efforts, which heavily target economically deprived students.

Western Pennsylvania Coalition Against the Death Penalty, 1998
In 1984, as the state began to prepare the execution chamber at Rockview Penitentiary, WPCADP was formed to protest planned executions and to educate the public. The organization also promotes the creation of student groups that work to abolish the death penalty.

Western Pennsylvania Coalition to Close the School of the Americas, 2004
TRCF funds helped representatives of the coalition attend the annual mass protest against SOA at Fort Benning, Georgia, in addition to extending the organization’s reach to areas outside the city of Pittsburgh by hosting educational programs (lectures, films, and concerts) in southwestern Pennsylvania. The coalition further seeks “to grow a local movement to contribute to the nationwide education and advocacy around the School of the Americas (SOA) and the effort to have it shut down.”

The Wilkinsburg Sun, 2007
The Wilkinsburg Sun received a Special Opportunity Grant for its initial publication of this community newspaper.

The Wilkinsburg Update, 1999
TRCF supported the publication of an eight-page Wilkinsburg Voter’s Guide, which includes local candidate profiles and general information on polling place and elections.