The Showing Up for Racial Justice Education Fund (SURJ-EF) works to educate white people about racism and move them to take action for racial and economic justice. Study and personal transformation are critical for those of us who are white. We have so much to learn and unlearn about racism and white supremacy. And we believe it’s essential to not stop there— we must pair our learning with organizing and action. SURJ-EF supports organizing and education projects throughout the South, in Ohio, and in our Disability and Faith programs.
At SURJ-EF, we believe we must have an inclusive, openhearted approach to organizing— bringing more and more people into this work rather than creating barriers to participation— while maintaining clear commitments to justice.
We ground our organizing in a “mutual interest” approach— meaning that fighting racism is not something we are called to help people of color with, but rather something all white people will benefit from. Many white people stand to gain much from joining fights for justice because of the systemic oppression they face because of their class, gender, or disability. And all white people suffer from white supremacy, this destructive system that tears us up from the inside out. We have everything to gain— materially or spiritually— by joining alongside communities of color to fight for justice.
Consider for a moment the life of a child born in one of the remote communities of Central Asia where CAI works. Especially if the child is female, her outlook is not good. As a small child in her preschool years, she most likely will not receive the stimulation necessary to help her brain develop, undermining her chances later in life of succeeding academically and socially. As a girl, it’s more likely than not that she’ll never go to school. If she does, chances are she’ll be forced to drop out before completing middle school.
As a woman, she’ll likely be illiterate, unable to contribute to her family’s income, and denied the right to make personal choices about who she marries or how many children she has. This is the reality for millions of girls and women –as well as boys and men – living in the impoverished, marginalized areas where CAI works.
CAI envisions a very different future for that child. For every child. A future full of hope, where every child – female or male – has the opportunity to develop his or her full human potential, thereby putting their families, communities, and nations on course for a brighter, more prosperous, more peaceful future.
School on Wheels’ mission is to provide one-on-one tutoring and educational advocacy for school-aged children impacted by homelessness. Our vision is to equip these children with the educational tools necessary to achieve success in life and break the cycle of homelessness.
StandWithUs is an international and non-partisan Israel education organization that inspires and educates people of all ages and backgrounds, challenges misinformation and fights antisemitism.
StandWithUs empowers and energizes students and communities with leadership training and educational programs on hundreds of college campuses, high schools, and middle schools. StandWithUs informs through social media, print and digital materials, films, weekly newsletters and missions to Israel.
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization has programs on five continents with chapters and offices throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada and Brazil.
The mission of Southern California Public Radio (KPCC, LAist & LAist Studios) is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California’s diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information across multiple platforms. We are a public forum that engages its audiences in an ongoing dialogue and exploration of issues, events, and cultures in the region and in the world. We seek to provide greater understanding and new perspectives to the people of these communities and their leaders.
Turning Point, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing exceptional services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Turning Point, with its team of dedicated employees, strives to teach, empower and encourage the individuals to be self-confident and to make positive contributions to their communities. In doing so, we remain committed to providing a safe and healthy environment on their journey.
AfricAid’s mission is to improve the standing of women in society through robust, locally-led mentorship initiatives that cultivate confidence, improve academic and health outcomes, and promote socially-responsible leadership skills.
In close partnership with our sister organization, GLAMI (Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative), we support mentorship opportunities that help secondary school girls in Tanzania complete their education, develop into confident leaders, and transform their own lives and their communities.
Ann Storck Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. The mission throughout all our programs and services is to discover ability and build independence so that our individuals live happier, more independent, fulfilling lives.
This takes a whole lot of heart – from our dedicated staff and amazing families to our outstanding leadership, loyal partners, generous supporters and most of all the children and adults we serve daily.
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