Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Atlanta Jobs with Justice Receives Grant from RESIST Foundation

The Atlanta Jobs with Justice Coalition has been awarded a grant from RESIST, Inc., a national progressive foundation located in Somerville, Massachusetts.

The grant was provided for Atlanta Jobs with Justice to lead and support strategic labor and community campaigns throughout the city of Atlanta. "It's great to see the RESIST Foundation recognizing and valuing the work we do and providing direct support to further our efforts" states Neil Sardana the Secretary of Atlanta Jobs with Justice.

RESIST began in 1967 in support of draft resistance and in opposition to the Vietnam War.  As the funder of first resort for hundreds of organizations, RESIST's small but timely grants and loans are made to grassroots groups engaged in activist organizing and educational work for social change.  RESIST defines organizing as collective action to challenge the status quo, demand changes in policy and practice, and educate communities about root causes and just solutions.  RESIST recognizes that there are a variety of stages and strategies that lead to community organizing.  Therefore, they support strategies that build community, encourage collaborations with other organizations, increase skills and/or access to resources, and produce leadership from the constituency being most directly affected.  In fiscal year 2011, RESIST gave over $342,000 to 130 organizations across the country.

"Each year, RESIST funds groups like Atlanta Jobs with Justice, because our mission is to support people who take a stand about the issues that matter today, whether it's to resist corporate globalization, promote a woman's right to choose, or develop activist leaders," says Board Chair Miabi Chatterji.  "And we believe it's especially important to help grassroots organizations that might be too small or too local -- or too radical -- for mainstream foundations."

More information about the RESIST foundation can be found on their website HERE