The Alliance for BMOC Awards $380K to Drive Policy Wins Nationwide

The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Awards $380K to Drive Policy Wins Nationwide
The Catalyst Fund Engages Grassroots Leadership to Advance Justice and Expand the Movement

July 9, 2018: Oakland, Calif.—The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color today announced grants of approximately $20,000 each to 15 organizations through the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Catalyst Fund at Community Partners, a national fund established to build, develop, and invest in local coalitions across the nation which seek to advance justice and build opportunity for boys and men of color, their families, and communities.

"To achieve our vision for racial equity and gender justice, we must build new connections and a larger network of leaders and organizations ready to fight the barriers to prosperity that have been created by those who seek to divide us," said Marc Philpart, senior director of PolicyLink. "This is an exciting opportunity to take what we've learned in California, build power with leaders across the country from the ground up, align local actions, and drive state policy wins."

Originating in California, the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color was launched in 2012 to address the fact that boys and young men of color are more likely to grow up in poverty, live in unsafe neighborhoods, have high exposure to violence and trauma, and attend schools that lack the basic resources and support that young people need to thrive.

From 2012 to 2017, ninety-six bills prioritized by the Alliance were signed into California law. Legislation ranged from securing essential health benefits; Medi-cal expansion; advocating for pupil’s rights and the reduction of suspensions and expulsions; elimination of unjust fines and fees; police accountability; sentencing reform; just and fair immigration policies; fairness in government hiring; and a focus on creating good jobs and employment.

Through the Catalyst Fund, the Alliance is investing in continued policy and system changes that engages and invests in grassroots leaders working at the intersection of race and gender justice, while advocating for state policy that improves outcomes for boys and young men of color. Each funded organization will receive nine-month grants to advance legislative strategies in local communities through state policy on a range of issues including: transforming the education system; advocating for just policing; creating inclusive communities for immigrants and their families, and more.

The Power Coalition is anchoring Alliance for Boys and Men of Color efforts in Louisiana, and says this about the Catalyst Fund:

"It is such an important time to develop a narrative and build space to address the issues facing Black men and boys in Louisiana. We are so excited to be leading the expansion here in Louisiana and have already had significant policy wins on behalf of the Louisiana Alliance for Boys and Men of Color this year," says Ashley Shelton, the Executive Director of Power Coalition. "We successfully advocated to add Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) to the Juvenile Justice Reform Act Implementation Commission, the body which oversees all juvenile justice reform initiatives in the state. As FFLIC begins their work on this commission, this will give them the greatest ability to address the policy issues driving the school-to-prison pipeline."

The Catalyst Fund amplifies policy priorities from a growing network of organizers to build stronger futures for the nation’s boys and young men of color. Currently, partners within the California Alliance for Boys and Men of Color are championing AB 931 (Weber and McCarty) which would change the use of force standard to only allow deadly force when necessary, and requires them to use tactics to de-escalate a situation or use alternatives to deadly force where reasonable.

“The Alliance’s success would not be possible without the inspiring action of boys and young men of color, girls and young women of color, and queer and trans allies who have emerged as youth leaders and change-agents in their local communities,” said Jordan Thierry. “We are proud to work across geographies and communities, as well as the race and gender spectrum with this cohort of grantees. Together, we will continue to transform the hearts and minds of policy-makers across the country to understand the power and potential of young men of color.”

ALLIANCE FOR BOYS AND MEN OF COLOR CATALYST FUND GRANTEES

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE FOR BOYS AND MEN OF COLOR

The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is a coalition of change agents committed to improving the life chances of the nation’s boys and young men of color. The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color works to ensure our nation’s boys and men of color:

  • Are physically and mentally healthy;
  • Live in safe neighborhoods;
  • Succeed in school and work; and
  • Possess the knowledge, skills, and leadership necessary to contribute to the economic well-being of their families, communities, and state.

For more information, visit www.allianceforbmoc.org. Follow the Alliance on Twitter at twitter.com/AllianceforBMOC and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AllianceforBMOC.

CONTACT: Zakiya Scott, (704) 277-8025 (m), zakiya.i.scott@gmail.com

 

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