The Akonadi Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $1.4 million to fifteen organizations working to advance racial justice in Oakland, California.
Awarded through the foundation's Arc Toward Justice Fund, the grants will support efforts to drive policy and systems change and remove barriers to opportunity for communities of color, with a focus on juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline, and employment for formerly incarcerated people.
Recognized for challenging structural racism and their record of building local leadership in Oakland's most marginalized communities of color, the recipients include the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, the Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network, the Californians for Justice Education Fund, Eastside Arts Alliance, the Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network, and the National Center for Youth Law. As part of Akonadi's renewed commitment to multiyear support, nine organizations were awarded two-year grants of between $50,000 and $150,000.
"We are proud to support organizations in Oakland that are committed to advancing racial justice by challenging power structures that dehumanize and demean communities of color," said Akonadi Foundation president Lateefah Simon.
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Akonadi Foundation website.
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