Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Progressive Community Grants

This open letter landed in my email inbox this morning. Come on out to support progressive community grants on June 12:

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce new directions for Research Associates Foundation, with new opportunities for Baltimore’s progressive community. As caring Baltimoreans, you are cordially invited—and very much needed—to join us!

In 1982 a group of local activists founded the Research Associates Foundation (RAF). For many years RAF owned and operated the Progressive Action Center (PAC) on Gorsuch Avenue in Baltimore where numerous progressive groups, such as the Workers Action Press, the Alternative Press Center, and Baltimore Action for Justice in the Americas (BAJA), had headquarters and held activities. During those years the PAC was a significant center for events, organization and information related to anti-racist and anti-imperialist movements, along with women’s, LGBTQ, and workers’ rights groups and campaigns.

In 2009 RAF began a new phase of activism: It sold the PAC and will now dedicate itself to providing small grants to support progressive educational and transformative projects in the Baltimore community. Activists from the ‘60s to the twenty-first century are uniting to continue the ever necessary tasks of building a peaceful and just society.

On June 12, 2010 the RAF is holding a Launch Party featuring the first four awards in this new phase of its operation as a progressive community foundation.

The very first of these awards is designated as the Chester L. and Mary Ann Wickwire Award for Peace and Social Justice, in honor of these two indefatigable activists and founding members of the original Research Associates collective. That award will be given to the Baltimore Algebra Project to cover expenses for these young people to attend the U.S. Social Forum (USSF) June 22–26 in Detroit. The theme of the USSF is “Another World is Possible, Another U.S. is Necessary.” We could not agree more.

The other three awards will be announced during the June 12 celebration. We strongly encourage you to attend our celebration which will be held from 5–7 pm at The 2640 Project, at 2640 St. Paul Street (Saint John's Church). We hope to see you then.

With best wishes, and looking forward to seeing you on June 12,

The Research Associates Foundation Board
(Howard Ehrlich, Ryan Harvey, David Kandel, Kate Khatib, Barbara Larcom, Mike McGuire, Kostis Papadantonakis, Dean Pappas, Fred Pincus, & Jack Sinnigen)

P.S. At you may learn about the history of the RAF, its members and principles, the grant application guidelines and ways to contribute money and time to the RAF. Every generation has its particular role and place in the building of progressive movements. Please join us. The need is, indeed, urgent.

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