Compiled by Meg Duffy, with research assistance and graphic design by Jacqueline Lantsman
At the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, our mission is to create pathways to membership and participation for those society has long excluded and find ways to identify and amplify their voices in crafting and implementing public policy.
To fight structural and systemic racism, we envision a society in which residents in communities of color in the United States are supported as they enact programs and propose policy changes to benefit the communities they call home. This is our vision of community justice. We believe that addressing upstream determinants of wellbeing—such as housing, economic stability, and education—is vital to mitigate the impact of disinvestment and criminalization which have been wrought in and waged against communities of color in the United States for decades.
We created this document after consulting with five local organizations in Greater Boston about their needs when it comes to finding and securing funding sources for their work. The purpose of this document is to provide community-based advocates and organizations who are engaging in community justice with guidance and tools for resourcing their projects. We thank all five organizations who took the time to fill out the needs assessment: Community Conversations, Haley House, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Mothers for Justice and Equality, and the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.
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