Funding Resistance and Resilience in NC:
Below are some organizations that work locally and are not as well-known by people with disposable income as some of the larger groups. many of them have increased workload and urgency under the new administration and could use support.
Carolina Abortion Fund: The Carolina Abortion Fund helps individuals who would choose to have an abortion but cannot afford the full cost.
SisterSong: Sistersong’s mission is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights.
Muslim Self Determination; Anti-Islamophobia
Muslims for Social Justice: North Carolina based organization dedicated to Human Rights and Social Justice for all. We believe in Empowerment of the Marginalized, Grassroots Democracy, Economic & Environmental Justice, Respect for Diversity, and Responsible Local & Foreign Policy
MERI (Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia): “Our work includes organizing workshops and teach-ins to educate on Islamophobia and anti-racism, cultural transformation, challenging local cases of Islamophobia, and mobilizing grassroots campaigns against the people and institutions who are spreading this hatred.”
CWS Durham: provides clients with case management services, immigration legal services, English classes, and assistance with employment. “We are heartily supported by volunteers and community partners to welcome refugees and immigrants to the Triangle.”
Alerta Migratoria: Durham based resource for undocumented immigrants seeking asylum
Southeast Immigrant Rights Network: SEIRN's mission is to lift up the voice and the leadership of immigrant communities of the Southeast at the regional and national levels. “We promote collaboration and exchange between our members, as well as political education and collective action to build just and inclusive communities.”
Trans and Queer Solidarity
Black Trans Lives Matter Monthly Retainer: “This monthly retainer is a form of reparations for Trans People of Color. In order to be Anti-Racist in our ever changing movement for Black Lives our Black Trans People of Color must be centered and protected in many ways. This monthly retainer will ensure that Black Trans People of Color will be able to afford basic needs for survival.”
iNSIDEoUT: Youth-led (and youth-founded) organization by and for LGBTQI+ youth. Based in the NC Triangle area, “we strive to connect and support all LGBTQISA-queer individuals and groups near and far”
Southerners On New Ground: Regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South. “We believe that we are bound together by a shared desire for ourselves, each other, and our communities to survive and thrive. We believe that Community Organizing is the best way for us to build collective power and transform the South. Out of this belief we are committed to building freedom movements rooted in southern traditions like community organizing, political education, storytelling, music, breaking bread, resistance, humor, performance, critical thinking, and celebration.”
LGBTQ Center of Durham: “We are committed to improving the quality of life for LGBTQ+ people in and around Durham: through programming, resources, and networks of support; by acting as a hub for Durham’s LGBTQ+ community; by sharing and affirming all LGBTQ+ lived experiences; and, by educating our neighbors in order to enhance understanding of and sensitivity to LGBTQ+ issues.”
Spirithouse Inc: Durham, North Carolina based cultural arts and organizing organization, “has worked with low-wealth families and community members to uncover and uproot the systemic barriers that prevent us from gaining the resources, leverage and capacity for long-term self-sufficiency.”
Durham Solidarity Center Freedom Fighter Bond Fund: “dedicated in its mission to oppose state repression and support those who act in good conscience to advance the cause of justice and equity.”
NC Prison Books Collective: Sending free books to people on the inside in North Carolina and Alabama, and zines around the country, since 2006.
Youth Organizing Institute: The Youth Organizing Institute is a leadership development and organizing training program to support low-income youth, LGBTQ youth, and youth of color. Since 2010, the Youth Organizing Institute has enjoyed continued success. YOI provides grounding analysis of systems of oppressions and the history of grassroots movements for change. “In addition to our Summer Freedom Schools, we anchor the NC Coalition for Education Justice, which is engaged in a Solutions Not Suspensions campaign to to decrease out of school suspensions, advocate for restorative justice programs, reduce SROs in schools, and increase councilors and funding for quality culturally-sensitive education. We work with allies to mobilize students, parents, and communities to end the school-to-prison-pipeline.”
Black August in the Park: “We provide a space where people of ALL corners of the African diaspora and Black experience can connect with local and regional justice movements while unapologetically celebrating their blackness. We host our event in the heart of Downtown Durham to assert our Blackness in the most public way possible. As the city of Durham changes and the city center becomes less representative of Durham's Black population, we provide a space to boldly resist this change.”
Durham Artists Movement: “We are cultivating a cooperative space that expands the uses of art in liberation struggle. We center and amplify the creative voices and participation of community members impacted by various forms of violence and oppression. This includes Black, Brown, and Indigenous people who hold intersecting identities; queer, trans, gender non-conforming, cis, working-class, immigrant, currently and formerly incarcerated, and undocumented folks.”
Blackspace: Blackspace provides free Pan-African centered social entrepreneurship and digital media resources for Carolina youth. “Pierce has worked with a team of Artivists to teach workshops in beat making, computer graphics, videography, radio, spoken word and puppetry - with a particular focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) curriculums”
Greensboro Mural Project: The Greensboro Mural Project is an arts organization that engages the people of Greensboro in the process of creating murals through dialogue across the community. They use public art as a tool to communicate, record history, and make Greensboro more beautiful.
Central Carolina Worker Justice Center: The CCWJC is a place for low-wage workers to build the power they need to take collective action led by those directly affected to achieve racial and economic justice in Central Carolina communities. It is located in the Interactive Resource Center building (407 E. Washington St.) in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Donate: Email about financial contributions through their website: https://carolinaworkers.org/contact/
Farm Labor Organizing Committee: FLOC fights to improve the working and living conditions and wages of NC farm workers. “Following the Mt. Olive Pickle boycott, in 2004 FLOC won a collective bargaining agreement which covers nearly 7,000 H2A workers all across North Carolina. Each year we are able to resolve hundreds of questions and complaints regarding wages, health and safety concerns, housing issues, and more”
NC FIELD: Non-profit organization that works with migrant and seasonal farmworker youth and families utilizing grassroots organizing principles to teach leadership, promote education and facilitate opportunities. “NC FIELD’s mission is to forge relationships that fill service gaps in the farmworker community, while increasing awareness of the plight of the farmworker.”