Defend human rights in the United States

#Resist restrictions on civil liberties. #Reclaim an America that supports the rights of Muslim, Black, Brown, queer, trans, immigrant women. Photo courtesy of Molly Adams.


raised towards $250,000 goal


#Resist restrictions on civil liberties. #Reclaim an America that supports the rights of Muslim, Black, Brown, queer, trans, immigrant women. Photo courtesy of Molly Adams.

Funding resilience

November 9th, 2016

The Resist & Reclaim Fund was launched by Urgent Action Fund to ensure the strength and resilience of activists working for the human rights of all women and LBTQI people in the United States. It was launched out of necessity.

Our Work in the US November 2016 - Present

On the topics of environmental justice + Indigenous land rights
we funded an Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation from North Dakota to meet with financial institutions in Norway and Switzerland, and to initiate new talks with German banks on divestment from the KeystoneXL and DAPL pipelines.

Grantee partners
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
Mazaska Talks
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Tewa Women United
Native Organizers Alliance

On the topics of racial justice + police brutality we supported a black women's student union as they worked to respond to an incident of police brutality against an unarmed black female student on their campus.

Grantee partners
Southern Vision Alliance
DC Justice for Muslims Coalition/Washington Peace Center
Rethink New Orleans

On the topics of sexual orientation + gender identity rights we covered travel costs to enable intersex youth advocates to take an opportunity to testify in favor of a bill in the Nevada Senate that would protect the human rights of intersex children.

Grantee partners
LGBTQ Black Immigrant Justice
Transwomen Empowerment Initiative
InterACT Advocates for Intersex Youth
Peacock Rebellion

On the topic of immigration reform we enabled a Thai-American community organization in Southern California to provide security training for its staff and install security cameras after the groups received a barrage of threats of violence from anti-immigrant groups.

Grantee partners
Thai Community Development Center
Movement for Justice in El Barrio
Immigrant Youth Coalition
Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California-Mujeres en Accion

On the topic of mass incarceration we supported work centering the experiences of undocumented and incarcerated transgender people in Southern California and advocates reforming the money bail system of detention centers, prisons, and jails.

Grantee partners
Las Crisantemas
Young Women's Freedom Center

And the work of many others whose names have been withheld for safety.

Intersectional philanthropy

Over 96% of our US grants directly support women or transgender people of color-led activism. Our lens has always been that feminist and women's rights activism can not be separated from the struggle for racial justice and the effort to dismantle systems that privilege white people in the United States. support activists working on human rights concerns at the intersection of gender justice and immigrant rights, environmental justice, racial justice, and other movements.

Sustaining women's human rights movements with rapid + innovative resources

  • We provide additional support for activist convening spaces, ie: past sponsorship of a Town Hall on Black Women and Girls in Oakland (CA), and, a workshop at the 2016 Black Feminisms Forum on Black women's response to state violence with leaders from the Black Lives Matter movement alongside activists from Brazil, El Salvador and Jamaica.
  • Rapid advocacy grants often support movements in their earliest days (including the emerging activism of the #BlackLivesMatter and #NoDAPL movements). More recently, rapid advocacy grants helped Native women organizers working to stop the Keystone Pipeline pivot to international advocacy targets and helped launch a young women of color led campaign on human rights issues related to incarceration and unreasonable detention.
  • Rapid grants are also helping movements to shift tactics swiftly in response to legislative changes. For instance, a rapid grant to EveryBlackGirl helped them to leverage an opportunity to challenge South Carolina's Disturbing School Law, which has been unjustly used to block Black girls access to education.
  • We worked with a photo-journalist to raise the visibility of some of our US grantees through an article in Yes! Magazine that calls for recognition of women human rights defenders working within the United requests from US-based activists have increased by 300%.

What's next?

With your help we have raised $225,000. We have $25,000 left to raise from individuals to meet our $250,000 goal.

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Make your voice heard.

#Resist, #reclaim, and #support women's human rights in the US.