The San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1 million to nineteen organizations working to improve labor and health conditions for immigrant workers, advocate for criminal justice reform, and advance civil rights in California.
The grants awarded in support of immigrant workers’ rights include $55,000 to Oxfam America for an initiative designed to engage Los Angeles consumers and retailers in efforts to enhance the health and safety of farm workers; $40,000 to the Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California, which works to empower domestic workers; and $63,000 to California Rural Legal Assistance for policy advocacy and litigation on behalf of farm workers. In addition, the foundation awarded $50,000 to the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights in support of its effort to expand legal services for low-income gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual farm workers in rural California communities.
Grants approved in the area of criminal justice reform include $100,000 to the California Budget Project in Sacramento to provide in-depth policy analysis of California’s corrections spending, and $35,000 to KALW Public Radio in San Francisco to elevate public discourse in the state with respect to criminal justice issues through the Informant, an online news site. In addition, the foundation awarded $100,000 to the California State Conference of the NAACP in support of the organization’s work to remedy the disproportionate arrest and incarceration rates of minority youth and adults for drug possession.
In the civil rights area, the foundation approved a grant of $50,000 to theACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties to provide legal support for San Diego nonprofit organizations and communities of color working to expand civic participation, and $30,000 to Chinese for Affirmative Action in San Francisco in support of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality, a statewide network of grassroots Asian/Pacific Islander groups.
For a complete list of grants or more on this article, visit the Rosenberg Foundation Web site.