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Racial Justice Grantees (1989-2010)

(Date indicates the year the grantee was last funded)

African American Women’s Speakers Bureau, 1999
TRCF funds helped in the purchase of literature from the National Cancer Institute to supplement the bureau’s health presentations on the prevention of breast and cervical cancer.

African Americans for Middle East Peace, 1991
Established as a response to the Gulf War, the group sponsored a workshop and rally in Homewood, Pa., to address military spending and poverty.

The Andy Warhol Museum, 2001
The Warhol presented the exhibit “Without Sanctuary: An Exhibition of Lynching Photography in the United States” from September 2001 – January 2002.  TRCF funds supported Free Tuesdays, waiving admission fees to the exhibit.

Azania Heritage International, 2002
AHI uses the creative and performing arts, language, history, and education to empower activists for victory over dehumanization and marginalization based on racial, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, cultural, and religious or non-religious background.

Baldwin High School Multicultural Club, 1994
Students from Baldwin High School established a multicultural club in order to heighten awareness of and sensitivity to issues of diversity within their school.

Black & White Men Together, 1995
The Pittsburgh chapter received a grant to publicize Town Meeting ‘95: A Look at Racism in the Lesbigay Community. The meeting used a panel and audience participation format to address topics such as racism and racial harmony.

Black & White Reunion, 2000
This racially diverse group builds bridges between black and white citizens and communities in Western Pennsylvania, bringing together organizations and individuals currently working to counter racism in an ongoing process of collaboration.

Black Political Empowerment Project, 2009
B-PEP utilized funds to supplement and enhance their operational plan, allowing them to expand their voter registration, education, advocacy, and election protection work, both independently and as a participant in coalitions. They also surveyed voters to find out what their experience was like, and their attitudes toward voting, and sponsored or co-sponsored candidate forums.  In 2009, they received a Media Justice Initiative grant to implement a program getting students to analyze news coverage, in addition to an annual grant to continue their voter work.

Black Vietnam Era Veterans, 1994
Funded in 1993, BVEV provides housing, employment and health services while requiring participation in personal growth and development programs.

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.

Center for Sacred Partnership, 2001
TRCF funds were used to help finance a public lecture and workshop by Sobonfu Some aimed at decreasing racism, increasing appreciation of cross cultural wisdom and providing black and white women in Pittsburgh a unifying experience that transcends differences.

Central North Side Neighborhood Council, 2007
CNNC used their most recent grant to establish a community dialogue about racism and race relations to provide neighbors an opportunity to talk about race in a safe environment that supports constructive engagement and encourages collaboration and action to address local race-based concerns.

Christians for a Better Community, 1992
This multi-racial group in Braddock, Pa., is involved in prison and family support and helps ex-offenders to reenter the workplace.

Coalition for Healthy Urban Habitat, 2000
The coalition worked on the development and distribution of a cultural/historical map of the Hill District community.

Committee for Racial Equality, 1999
TRCF funds supported Where Intolerance Ends, a workshop to increase participants’ understanding of the mechanism and effects of intolerance and to increase skills for intervening against intolerance.

Community Media, 2001
TRCF funds were used to help with the production costs of the video documentary “Jonny Gammage: Enough is ENOUGH.” The video addresses issues of police brutality and racial profiling as well as the community-based efforts to resolve conflicts between the criminal justice system and minority and marginal communities.

Council of American Islamic Relations – Pittsburgh, 2008
Media Justice Initiative funds went to implementing a comprehensive program encompassing workshops on racial and ethnic phobias in America and the constitutional rights of both media and citizens; a toolkit to enable responses to media attacks; and the production of a DVD and study guide by Muslim youth to be used in educational facilities.

Cross-Cultural Service Learning Center, 1996
This organization at California University of Pennsylvania brought Native American activist and actor Russell Means to Southwestern Pennsylvania to discuss government policy, poverty, race relations and community organizing. The TRCF grant reduced ticket prices, benefiting students and local organizers.

Cultural Awareness Project (CAP), 1996
Two local churches, the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, a predominantly European congregation, and St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, have initiated this project to address persistent racial divisions within the local community.

East Liberty Park Summer Youth Program, 1995
TRCF supported the Summer Youth Baseball League for children from East Liberty Park Public Housing. Parents, grandparents and volunteers served as coaches and staff, providing family-oriented, positive activities that build self-confidence, leadership, motivation and teamwork.

Enough IS ENOUGH Project, Thomas Merton Center, 2006
The video documentary, “Enough IS ENOUGH: The Death of Jonny Gammage,” uses as its framework the incident in which Gammage was killed during a “routine” traffic stop.  It examines issues of racial profiling, police misuse of force, and criminal justice, and offers examples of grassroots activism and constructive solutions.  TRCF funding was used to help distribute the video, including submitting it to film festivals and planning local screenings.

Gateway Senior High School, Service Program, 2000
United We Stand … A MUST Multicultural Program was developed by the Gateway Service Program to provide a safe, comfortable forum for high school students to share and learn about multicultural issues. The student workshop facilitators have presented the program to students in area schools and won the Louis Caplan Human Relations Award in 1996.

Greater Pittsburgh Alliance of Black School Educators, 2004
This organization hosted a Fall Forum, consisting of workshops and a keynote speaker, to provide information to all individuals interested in the achievement of African American students.  They also provided materials and programs for parents to become more informed decision-makers for their children.

Haiti Solidarity Committee, 1996
This project links St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Wilmerding with a parish in Haiti, providing an opportunity for the Wilmerding community to address and overcome racial prejudices and become more aware of economic injustice in third world countries.

Harambee, Pittsburgh, 1991
This Black Arts Festival, held annually in Homewood, Pa., since 1984, is the largest such festival in the tri-state area. TRCF funded a mural art project to involve students and artists in the community.

Human Rights Coalition, Fed Up! Chapter, 2008
Funds helped stage a showing of Hurricane Season, a production of Climbing PoeTree, exploring critical issues facing humanity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

I Dream A World: African American History through Poetry, 1992
Launched in March 1991, I Dream a World raises cultural awareness of low-income, African American youth through poetry performance and creative expression workshops on African American history.

Increasing College/Community Monies (ICCM), 2000
Formed in 1991 to help a college student, the organization has grown to include a diversity program to encourage youth community participation and enrichment. A mock African American wedding, which originated in Monessen, will be replicated throughout the area in order to revive knowledge of and pride in ancient rituals among Southwestern Pennsylvania communities.

Institute of Black Cultural Studies (IBCS), 1992
This community-based educational institution operates an after-school and Saturday program on the life circumstances, achievements and failures experienced by the African American from their African beginnings to the origins of slavery, emancipation and urbanization. IBCS seeks to increase cultural awareness and respect for ethnic diversity, and provide positive role models for African American youth.

Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, 2010
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, working in conjunction with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, used a TRCF grant to develop a youth-led community project of creating a 15-minute video.  This video aimed at conquering the social biases surrounding Muslim Americans, and creating positive self-images for Muslim youth.

Jobs with Peace Campaign of Western Pennsylvania, 1992
This organization educated citizens about the relationship between military spending and reduced funding for local housing.  Jobs with Peace trained low- and moderate-income people to address the critical needs of their community. Through its Leadership Empowerment Project, the organization helped develop leadership and community-organizing skills among low-income African Americans.

Latin American Cultural Union, 1999
Local Hispanic youth explored their cultural identity through the building of a “retablo.” Those involved in the project planned, designed and implemented the content and shape of the retablo around the theme Past, Present & Future: Journey of Hispanics in Pittsburgh.

Latin American Radio Magazine, 1996
The Latin American Radio Magazine broadcasts a weekly program for members of the Hispanic community and those interested in Latin American issues. Airing on WRCT, 88.3 FM, Carnegie Mellon University radio station, the magazine is used as a channel for communication and community building among Hispanics and with the rest of the community.

Lawrenceville United, 2005
TRCF provided operating support to this neighborhood group to continue their work educating the residents of the three wards of Lawrenceville in different cultures and lifestyles so they can all coexist peacefully.

LinkTAfric, 1998
LinkTAfric is dedicated to enhancing educational and career aspirations of inner city youth through their stockbroker training project, which includes a visit to the New York Stock Exchange.

Middle East Peace Forum of Pittsburgh, 2007
The MEPF focuses on the recognition of the humanity of all peoples in the Middle East and on awareness of the possibility of peace. Events include public discussions, films, and workshops, with a particular focus on introducing change through personal experiences. Building on the success of their 2006 programs, their 2007 grant was used on event costs throughout the year.

Mission: Possible, 1994
Mission: Possible received a TRCF grant to support an after-school tutoring program in the Garfield section of Pittsburgh for at-risk children ages 6 to 12. The group also focuses on leadership development for young African American males ages 13 and older. The group serves area low income youth, male and female, of which 99 percent are African American.

Monroeville Race Unity Forum, 1997
This forum teaches community leaders how to develop consensus on barriers to racial unity. The TRCF grant enabled the group to purchase nine family-targeted video programs about differences and commonalities and train four community facilitators. Another grant supported the publication of its newsletter, Race Unity News.

Neighborhood Collaborative Against Racism, 2001
As the kick-off of Neighborhood Collaborative Against Racism, the Thomas Merton Center held an intensive workshop, Undoing Racism Training, at Bloomfield-Garfield Community Center. Ron Chisom, co-founder of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, led the workshop.

Network of Neighbors United, 1999
This newly formed organization of concerned citizens in Jenner Township was created to oppose the growing presence of hate groups in the community. The TRCF grant supported operating expenses.

New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, 2009
NVP is the only human rights and social justice activist organization for, led by, and about women of color in the greater Pittsburgh area.  They build progressive young women of color into political activists and community leaders.  NVP used its grant for operating support to develop a sustainable local organization and movement for reproductive justice.

Palestine Solidarity Committee, 2005
This organization used TRCF funds to host a Palestinian Film Festival featuring documentaries, shorts, and films giving the Palestinian story, all followed by facilitated discussions.

Partnership for Minority HIV/AIDS Prevention, 2002
The partnership is a “member organization that provides comprehensive, culturally based HIV/AIDS prevention and education services in eight predominantly African-American communities in the city of Pittsburgh.”

People for the American Way Foundation, 2007
The PFAWF used its funding for its Western Pennsylvania Democracy Campaign, aiming to increase civic participation in the region’s African-American, Hispanic, and other disenfranchised communities in addition to building public awareness and engagement about the need for a fair and working election system.

Pittsburgh American Indian Center (PAIC), 1994
PAIC is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Native American and to helping all people discover their great heritage. With a TRCF grant, PAIC sponsored a communal cultural event for native and non-native people featuring native dance, folklore, spiritual awareness, native foods and speakers on the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse.

Pittsburgh Coalition to Counter Hate Groups, 2002
Formed in 1979 to counter KKK recruitment in the Pittsburgh area, the coalition provides technical assistance to communities experiencing hate activities, trains citizens in victim assistance work, provides educational programs and works in cooperation with police and other law enforcement entities.  TRCF funds were used to print the “Stop the Hate” resource guide.

Pittsburgh Committee for Black Radical Congress, 2003
Funding went to host a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program on the Black Farmer in America.  Speakers also touched on topics such as reparations, political prisoners, and prisoners of war.

Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival, 2009
The Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival’s mission is to highlight the Asian cultures in the Pittsburgh region and to promote intellectual understanding between the East and the West in a fun way.  They used Special Opportunity Grant funds to help with costs associated with moving the festival from September to May, to correspond with Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

Pittsburgh People’s Quincentennial, 1991
This project educated residents about the violence of the European colonization of this hemisphere and the long-lasting negative effects of racism on Native Americans.

Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library, 1998
TRCF supported a multicultural outreach project by the PTLL. The goal was a more diverse experience for children who play at PTLL and the adults who supervise them.

Red Road, Inc., 1997
TRCF provided funding for a conference in Southwestern Pennsylvania with a goal of building a coalition of American Indians and non-Indians to promote social justice. Issues on the agenda included child welfare and American Indian education, the environment, substance abuse and treatment, treaty rights and sovereignty, poverty and self-sufficiency, and preservation of culture and spiritual practices.

Renaissance City Choirs/Pittsburgh Gay Chorus, Inc., 2006
Working collaboratively with African American artists and community leaders, the choirs will explore African traditions in music and present them to a broader community while working to build bridges with the Pittsburgh black gay and lesbian community.  Funding has also gone specifically to the Women’s Choir to bring their message (gays and lesbians creating change through the power of music) to a broader geographic audience by performing in several smaller cities in Southwestern PA, and to a special performance to commemorate the crash site of Flight 93 in a September 11th, 2006, ceremony.

Rights and Responsibilities, 2005
TRCF supported Part II of this organization’s Africana Human Rights Film Project, which entailed presenting the film “All Power to the People: The Black Panther Party and Beyond,” bringing the photo exhibit “Black Panthers 1968” for a two-month run, and presenting speakers.

Rock Against Racism, 2002
A project of the Thomas Merton Center, the Rock Against Racism is an annual concert that promotes racial reconciliation in Pittsburgh.

Saint Peter’s Church After School Music Program, 1992
The program primarily for African American youth, 9 to 11 years old, uses a music therapy process to promote peaceful conflict resolution and to provide children with positive “experience in structure, self-organization and relating to others.” TRCF helped with the purchase of musical instruments.

Southwest Westmoreland County Unity Coalition, 1998
This group organizes community-based responses to local hate groups and spreads its message through newsletters, forums and unity events as well as activities for youth in area schools.

Srishti Arts Collective, 2000
A TRCF Special Opportunity Grant helped to produce and perform a major dance-theater work, “Chitrangada,” based on an Indian story about gender roles, desire, honor and duty.

United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) Research & Education Fund, 1996
The UE has been on the cutting edge of the effort to establish meaningful relationships between U.S. and Mexican workers. TRCF grants helped the UE’s Education Fund sponsor delegations of Mexican workers to Pittsburgh to participate in an exchange program designed to further communication between U.S. and Mexican workers.

Welcome Center for Immigrants and Internationals, 2008
The Welcome Center used funds to increase votership among legal immigrants through developing and distributing materials in many languages, educating foreign-born people on their voting rights, and assisting their clientele in getting registered to vote and locating their voting precincts.

Women for Racial and Economic Equality (WREE), 1994
WREE began in 1986 as a “kitchen table” group of 4 to 6 women working to promote economic justice for women of all races and classes. It went on to provide a stimulus and forum for interactive discussion through the use of film, topical presentations, poetry and workshops.

Women of Color and Their Allies Summit, 1998
This joint effort of the East End and First Pittsburgh chapters of NOW (National Organization for Women) recruits participants from Pittsburgh for the summit.

Woodland Hills Academic Foundation, 2002
Woodland Hills School District was formed by a court order in 1981 to address issues of segregation in Pittsburgh’s east suburbs.  TRCF funds were used to publish a special retrospective magazine to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the District.

Youth Arts and Advocacy Project (Arts Challenge Against Racism), 1998
TRCF funds were used to bring together community activists, experienced and socially-concerned artists, and young artists in a series of interactive workshops realizing the powerful connection between advocacy and art and activism.  Young artists will work with established artists who have brought their artistic vision to bear on crucial social issues.  The goal of the workshops is to develop creative ways of addressing contemporary issues.

YWCA Center for Race Relations and Anti-Racism Training, 2002
The Center for Race Relations and Anti-Racism Training hosts the annual Sister-to-Sister conference, which brings together a racially and economically diverse group of women for a day-long dialogue about racism.  TRCF funds were used to support scholarships for low-income participants.