Established by entertainer Rihanna, the Clara Lionel Foundation, in partnership with Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey's #startsmall initiative, has announced grants totaling $11 million in support of efforts to advance racial equity, with a focus on criminal justice and policing reform.
The twelve grant recipients include Action St. Louis and Arch City Defenders, which are working to end state violence against and the criminalization of the poor; the Justice Project at the Advancement Project National Office, which aims to transform policing nationwide; the Bail Project, which provides bail for those in need; Black Lives Matter, in support of the organization's #defundthepolice campaign; Black Visions Collective, in support of education and engagement efforts around police force divestment; the Center for Policing Equity, which works to address racism in the criminal justice system; the Center for Popular Democracy, in support of efforts to divest resources from policing and shift them to community needs; Color of Change, in support of its long-term work around police reform and systems change; Communities United for Police Reform, which works to end discriminatory policing practices in New York City; the Movement for Black Lives, in support of community organizing; and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, in support of its work on police reform and voter rights. Dorsey contributed $5.25 million to the total.
Separately, Dorsey's #startsmall also awarded $2.2 million to Campaign Zero in support of a national initiative aimed at improving policing outcomes by mapping police violence and creating public databases on police union contracts and the use of force. Launched in April with a commitment of $1 billion in shares in Square, #startsmall has disbursed a total of $146.4 million to date in support of COVID-19 response and relief efforts and racial justice initiatives.
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