Resist Expanding Emergency Grants #BlackLivesMatter
"I think what motivates people is not great hate,
but great love for other people."
– Huey Newton
Dear Resist Community,
In the wake of bombs and bullets that have haunted communities around the globe over the past few weeks, we like many of you are mending broken hearts here at Resist.
Yesterday, the Resist staff participated in a march to end state violence, police brutality, and racism against black communities. In front of the Boston Police Department Headquarters, on a hot summer evening, thousands of people gathered. Shoulder to shoulder, uncompromising messages waving in the air, we stood together – a people filled with love, with anger, and most overwhelmingly, a sense of community.
As you know, Resist is all about organizing collective action: protests, marches, strikes, blockades, banner-drops, street theater, sit-ins.
But there is another type of resistance we don't focus on as much as we should: the intentional and slow work of building and nurturing deeply rooted communities. As the great Edward Said once said, "Humanism is the only – I would go so far as saying the final – resistance we have against the inhuman practices and injustices that disfigure human history."
Therefore in addition to showing our solidarity and sharing powerful stories of what groups on the ground are doing to resist state violence, we are opening up our Emergency Grants to support groups who are coming together to heal, build community with one another, or do whatever they have to do in this critical political moment.
We will stop state violence. We will build alternatives to policing and incarceration. We will win. But in order for that to happen, we all must take care of ourselves and one another first.
Please see below for specifics on applying for funding. If you have any questions, please contact Resist's co-director of radical philanthropy Jax Gil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To everyone taking care of yourself and others, we love you, stand with you, and want to do what we can to support you.
Resist Emergency Grants
During these times Resist would like to offer concrete support to Black-led groups working to build communities of healing, resistance, and creative visioning. While we are prioritizing Black-led groups, we also welcome applications from accomplice groups with a strong track record of following Black leadership.
Resist offers $500 Emergency Grants to eligible groups who are facing unforeseen and timely political opportunities. We offer this support so that your group can respond quickly to unexpected organizing needs.