Real Change Happens Next Door, Not in Washington
You and I know that real change doesn’t happen in Washington D.C.; it happens right next door.
Amid increasing nationalism and prejudice, a global pandemic, and a wide-scale economic crisis, you helped keep our grantees on a steady march towards progress. So I don’t want to talk about what Washington can accomplish—I want to talk about what YOU can.
We have to raise an additional $200,000 by 12/31 to meet the urgent grantee requests awaiting funding this cycle. We need you now. Can we count on you? Resist may be a small organization, but your impact is enormous.
Resisters like you have been a lifeline to our grantees. Between January and May alone, we awarded a whopping $208,000 in both General and Rapid Response grants to 115 organizations across the country.
That averages out to $1,808.70 a grantee—almost meaningless to large organizations with massive overheads but revolutionary to our nimble network of grassroots activists. So when I say your gift makes a difference, I mean it.
You helped us respond swiftly in support of Norwalk Mutual Aid1 in Norwalk, CT, who saw neighbors struggling to make ends meet as a direct result of the pandemic. Starting in March, they began bi-weekly grocery distribution of shelf-stable foods, produce, several pounds of chicken, bread, eggs, and milk to 150 families.
In Rhode Island, you’re standing in solidarity with the George Wiley Center2 (Pawtucket, RI), which has also been distributing produce to food-insecure neighbors, including locally-caught fresh fish through a partnership with nearby commercial fisheries. Their work in bringing economic justice to Rhode Island has gone far beyond food relief: they’ve also lobbied for—and won—a moratorium on utility shutoffs for low-income gas and electricity customers receiving discounted rates.
The impact of your support doesn’t stop there. In May, the George Wiley Center joined forces with a coalition of fellow grassroots organizations—including another Resist grantee, Alliance to Mobilize our Resistance (AMOR)3 (Providence, RI)—to pool and redistribute funds to those reeling from the effects of COVID-19. Your support is going towards legal fees, rent and mortgage payments, utilities, medical care, street medic training, PPE, tuition, and laptops for low-income students through their efforts.
You’re proof positive that progressive causes aren’t about politics—they’re about action. We’re not waiting around for permission to do what Congress won’t because we don’t need to. With you by our side, we’re building a better world for all of us.
I have no idea what 2021 will hold for any of us. I do know this: you have the power to take real change into your own hands. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished together – and this is just the beginning.
On behalf of myself and our thousands of grantees, thank you for being a beacon of hope!
Co-Director, Radical Philanthropy
P.S. One hundred percent of funds distributed to the frontlines comes from our donors, which means our next grantee cycle depends entirely on the generosity of Resisters like you. Please help us raise $200,000 by 12/31—we’re so grateful for any amount you can spare. Thank you.