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2020-2021

Our members have voted to allocate our $15,775 among 3 Finalists as follows:

Black Mamas Matter Alliance (US) Grant: $6,610 (41%) 

Black Mamas Matter Alliance‘s vision is “a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.” As part of the growing awareness around racial inequity and racial injustice this past year, there has also been increased awareness around the dramatic difference in health outcomes between Black pregnant women and the remainder of the population. Black mothers in the US are four times as likely to die from maternity-related complications as white women. Black Mamas Matter is a Black women-led alliance whose approach is: advancing policy that improves Black maternal health outcomes; cultivating research to inform the policy agenda and improve Black maternal health; explore more comprehensive approaches to Black mamas’ care; and shift/reframe the conversation on Black maternal health to amplify the voices of Black mamas.

Combatants for Peace (Israel/Palestine) Grant: $5,161 (31%) 

Combatants for Peace is a non-profit, volunteer organization of ex-combatant Israelis and Palestinians, men and women, who have laid down their weapons and rejected all means of violence. CFP’s mission is to build the social infrastructure necessary for ending the conflict and the occupation and to create a bi-national state based on 1967 borders. Activities include: Holding ex-combatants’ meetings, allowing each side to tell their own story and understand the other’s narrative; Holding in-house meetings and educational lectures in public forums on both sides; Direct actions and protests against the policy of occupation; Organizing joint daytrips and educational tours for Israelis to see the situation in the occupied West Bank; Solidarity actions such as joint olive harvests and agricultural work, to help Palestinian farmers who have difficulties in working their lands near army posts and Jewish settlements; Building playgrounds and schools for Palestinian communities; Producing special events such as the joint Memorial Day ceremony; Providing information and raising public awareness globally through media and international lecture tours;Building coalitions with other activist groups on the ground in order to have a greater impact and aid those in need; Non-Violence Communication Trainings and Non- Violence Activist Trainings for Combatants activists.

New Georgia Project Grant: $4,454 (28%)

The New Georgia Project is a nonpartisan effort to register and civically engage Georgians. While HEKDESH typically does not fund local US- groups, the Grantmaking Committee decided that in 2021, civic engagement in Georgia is a national issue given its role in the national conversation on voter suppression. NGP works with local and national civil rights organizations to defend voting rights and advocate for policies that expand access to voting. NGP’s goal is to register all eligible, unregistered citizens of color in Georgia by the end of the decade. It meets new voters where they are – in churches, on college campuses, in their neighborhoods – to share information about how to register and how to vote. NGP has a series of campaigns – each with goals of registering and engaging different types of voters (e.g. the “Agenda for Young Georgians” campaign engages voters ages 18-25; “Reproductive Justice for NGP” works to engage voters on issues of racial justice).