Launch Grants

In early 2018, Arch Community Fund issued eight launch grants ($25,000 each) to support groups doing grassroots resistance work during this critical time. The organizations are:

Bay Resistance is a powerful new network defending our beloved communities, movements, and earth from the Trump regime and the far right. Bay Resistance educates the public about non-partisan issues including: immigrant and refugee rights, public education, healthcare, economic issues, women and LGBTQ rights, and the environment. Resistance work includes mass mobilizations, rapid response, training for activists, civic engagement, communications, and digital security.

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) believes that a thriving multiracial democracy requires racial, social and economic justice for all. African Americans and black immigrants are stronger together and can win by becoming leaders in the fight against structural racism and systemic discrimination. BAJI was formed to bring Black voices together to advocate for equality and justice in our laws and our communities. Resistance work includes organizing, mobilizing, and advocating for well being of Black immigrants and refugees facing detention and deportation.

Center for Media Justice (CMJ) seeks to build a powerful movement for a more just and participatory media and digital world—with racial equity and human rights for all. Through Media Action Grassroots Network, CMJ established the largest national community-based network for media rights and access with organizational members in six media markets including West Coast and Pacific Northwest. Online hate speech negotiations with social media platforms, Legislative, Digital Security & Surveillance, and Coalition building.

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo is a non-hierarchal collective organization founded for and by undocumented immigrants working to build community leadership and power for migrant justice through legal advocacy and education. Resistance work includes direct legal services to fight deportations and keep families together, community based trainings and workshops, and advocacy for local and state-wide laws that advance and protect immigrant rights in Washington state.

Critical Resistance (CR) seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. CR believes that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, CR’s work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. Recent work includes a 2017 movement building convening and release of a video entitled, Breaking Down the Prison Industrial Complex.

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. NLG seeks to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization which shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests. Resistance work includes observance at actions and representation for those arrested at protests.

Rural Organizing Project works to strengthen the skills, resources, and vision of primary leadership in local autonomous human dignity groups with a goal of keeping such groups a vibrant source for a just democracy. Resistance work includes rapid response, trainings and small town mobilizations on immigration issues and hate crimes.

Unite Oregon works across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice. Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, Unite Oregon’s resistance work includes developing community rapid response plans to increased immigration enforcement and surveillance across Oregon; tracking/monitoring hate incidents, training 2,000+ immigrants and refugees; suing Donald Trump seeking an injunction against his first travel ban; organizing large-scale rallies.

Launch grants were focused on organizations headquartered, or doing significant work, in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.