Resist Grantees Lead the Charge -
Our August Grant Cycle
Dear Resister,

We know that even in the face of formidable challenges, grassroots movements have always paved the way for change and liberation, while the rest of the world follows. 

Resist grantees don’t wait for those in power to help solve community problems, they act swiftly, with integrity and great resolve. Those on the frontlines of change know that when we stand with them, dedicating energy and resources to their work, we are all one step closer to bringing about the change we need.

This moment requires us to shift, not only to meet today’s challenges but also to envision and build tomorrow’s world. Our grantees have always risen to the occasion, and our August grant cycle is proof that no matter who is in office when stewarded by the people most impacted, the essential work of justice continues. 

[ID: 2021 August Grant Cycle infographic. Background image is a black and white image of BLM protestors]

I’m excited to announce that this past grant cycle, we more than doubled our giving and redistributed $305,000 to 63 grassroots groups transforming their communities, tackling injustices, and making the impossible possible! We awarded 16 Accessibility grants - the most ever in our 53-year history, moving us towards communities and movements that are accessible to ALL. 

But as Resist grantees are fighting against backward and outdated policies, responding to community needs amid a pandemic, and continuing their fight for justice and liberation, the need for grassroots groups is ever-growing. Our grantees need you. The movement needs you. When you make a recurring gift to Resist, it allows us to redistribute funds sustainably and better meet our grassroots groups’ most pressing needs. 

Below you can read about three of our Hell Yeah! Grantees, groups that exemplify all of the radical, innovative, and necessary work happening on the frontlines of movements for social justice.
As we condemn images of United States border agents on horseback trying to herd Haitian migrants as though they were cattle, the government continues to drag its feet on making any substantial changes to immigration policies. This is why Resist grantee Immigrant Rights Action Doylestown1 offers immediate and ongoing support to their Bucks County neighbors in Pennsylvania threatened with detention and deportation and acts to uphold the legal and human rights of all immigrants. Their volunteers are on the ground providing transportation and accompaniment to legal consultations, court hearings, and ICE supervision visits, while their attorney referral program and financial support from their community legal defense fund make it possible for families to quickly retain effective counsel in immigration cases. 
[ID: Two members of Immigrant Rights Action Doylestown wearing masks, hats, and shirts showing an orange overlay of a statue of liberty portrait pose for a picture .]
[ID: Eleven members of Washington Ethnic Studies Now! pose in front of steps wearing masks. Two members hold a sign that shows their logo.]
On the other side of the country, Washington Ethnic Studies Now!2 is fighting to ensure that education is rooted in racial justice by pushing for Ethnic Studies to be deeply embedded into all curriculum and instruction statewide. They also call for teachers to undergo anti-racism training and for deep organizational change from the ground up - centering the voices of Black, Indigenous, and youth of color and critical educators of color.  
[ID: Fourteen members of Womanly smiling and pose for a picture.]
At a time where human rights and bodily agency continue to be attacked, grantee Womanly3 promotes the health and well-being of marginalized communities by providing accessible health resources, communicated through visual and literary art, for women and non-binary people of color. Via their print and digital content, they aim to lift up narratives that are often neglected by the typical women’s magazine. Their work highlights subjects that include discrimination in the health care system, intergenerational concerns, and physical and sexual health and expression.
Thank you to the brave grassroots groups leading the charge from coast to coast, organizing on the frontlines, envisioning sustainable solutions, and building a better tomorrow for us all. 

There’s a new world coming; our grantees are on the ground, ensuring that. Join us in making their vision a reality and become a movement sustainer today.

In solidarity,

Director of Communications and Storytelling


  1. Immigrant Rights Action Doylestown
  2. Washington Ethnic Studies Now!
  3. Womanly

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