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BreakOUT! – New Orleans

Break OutBreakOUT! builds the power of LGBTQ youth most impacted by the criminal justice system to affect concrete policy change regarding the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans.
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Bridge the Gulf

Break OutBridge the Gulf is a storytelling initiative promoting cultural survival, environmental justice, and sustainable development in Gulf Coast communities.
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Coastal Women for Change (CWC) – Biloxi

cwcCWC is a community-based organization that aims to secure and revitalize its neighborhoods by ensuring communities have access to timely information to allow them to influence and make informed decisions about the recovery process and community development.
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Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) – New Orleans

fflicFFLIC is a member-based organization that fights for a better life for Louisiana youth, with a specific focus on those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system. With an anti-racist, people and community-centered focus, the organization works to privilege the voices of community members as the real experts on community needs and action for justice.
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INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence – New Orleans

inciteINCITE! is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and their communities. Made up of grassroots chapters and affiliates across the country, INCITE! develops political projects to address the multiple forms of violence women of color experience in their lives, on their bodies and in their communities.
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Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES) – New Orleans

women ethnic studiesIWES is a public health organization dedicated to improving the physical, mental and spiritual health for women of color and their families, especially those who are socio-economically disadvantaged. Through a combination of work at the grassroots community level and partnership with academic and policy institutions, they work to connect women in communities of color with academic research and policy makers.
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Ms. Foundation Southern Focus

msfoundationFormerly the Katrina Women’s Defense Fund, Southern Focus provides grants to organizations in the Gulf Coast that work to meet the immediate needs of women of color and low-income women, ensuring that their voices and leadership are central in recovery work. In 2008 they broadened their focus to include a broader region of the South than just the Gulf Coast, and now support organizations and groups of women of color that are not recovery related.
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Lafayette Restoration Center – Lafayette, LA

This church actively works to address women and children’s poverty and health issues for in-state and evacuated survivors of Hurricane Katrina. They also advocate for the empowerment of women, their reproductive rights and encourage women of color to be a voice in both legislative efforts and entrepreneurial leadership.
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The Mississippi Worker’s Center for Human Rights – Greenville, MS

msworkersThe MS Worker’s Center is a worker advocacy organization that provides organizing support and training for low wage, non-union workers in MS. It works with the state’s most vulnerable workers to develop strategies to combat racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression in the workplace.
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SisterLove, Inc. – Atlanta

sister-loveSisterLove is a reproductive justice organization for women with a focus on HIV/AIDS. It works to eradicate THE adverse impact of HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health challenges upon women and their families, focusing on improving access to education and treatment for all women, and especially women of color.
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SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

sister-songSisterSong is a collective of grassroots organizations that works to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice by securing human rights. The organization educates women of color and policy makers on reproductive rights and sexual health to increase access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health services and resources.
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SPARK: Reproductive Justice NOW – Atlanta

sparkSPARK collaborates with individuals, communities, and organizations to grow and sustain a powerful reproductive justice movement in Georgia and the South. They do this by developing and sharing a radical analysis in order to change culture, mobilizing in response to immediate threats, and organizing for long-term systematic change.
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Women With a Vision (WWAV) – New Orleans

wwavWWAV is a nonprofit organization founded by and for women of color that works to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well being. WWAV fights specifically on behalf of low-income women and LGBT people of color in New Orleans.
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Women’s Health and Justice Initiative (WHJI) – New Orleans

whjiWHJI is a radical feminist of color organization dedicated to improving the social and economic health of women of color and their communities by challenging the use of punitive social policies, practices, and behaviors that restrict, criminalize, exploit and police the bodies and lives of low-income and working class women of color.
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Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE) – New Orleans

vote-nolaVOTE is a grassroots, membership based organization founded and run by Formerly Incarcerated Persons in partnership with allies dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement of and discrimination against FIPs. They believe the FIPs, their loved ones, allies and communities can use their experiences and expertise to improve public safety in new Orleans.
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Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) – Corpus Christi, Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Mobile

ywcaYWCA is a national organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
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