East Boston News
May 24, 2021 — King Boston, a Boston-based nonprofit that is creating a new memorial and programs honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, on Friday announced that it awarded $5,000 to each of 45 Massachusetts nonprofits, most located in Greater Boston, to support ongoing work to advance racial equity.
Imari Paris Jeffries, executive director of King Boston, said, “This is a moment in time that we can’t gloss over. We need to help these organizations take a stand and make an impact, and that’s what these funds will do.”
The grants were made from the Forward Fund, which was established last year 2020 in response to the federal voting process and aftermath and has since been repositioned as a fund to respond generally to heightened moments of racialized justice.
The 50 organizations selected by the Forward Fund Advisory Committee to receive grants have missions that align with the Kings’ work and legacy, including social justice groups and organizations, initiatives led by Black, indigenous and people of color, and trauma response and healing projects.
“At this challenging moment, leaders closest to communities need resources, flexibility, and autonomy to make decisions about where those resources are needed most,” said Jim Canales, president of the Barr Foundation, which provided $150,000 to the Forward Fund. “That idea is at the center of the Forward Fund, and we are grateful to be among King Boston’s many partners committed to extending that kind of support and trust to our communities.”
Among the East Boston Groups receiving a grant
Among those receiving the grants were the following:
Alternatives for Community Environment, Roxbury Amplify Latinx, Boston Asian American Resource Workshop, Dorchester Beantown Society, Jamaica Plain Boston Plan for Excellence for Greater Boston Leadership Study Circles, Boston Center to Support Immigrant Organizing, Boston City Life Vida Urbana, Jamaica Plain Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Dorchester DARRC Coalition, Brockton Design Studio for Social Intervention/ Social Emergency Response Center, Dorchester Dorchester Art Project, Dorchester Eastie Anti, East Boston Elevated Thought, Lawrence Essex County Community Organization, Lynn Families for Justice as Healing, Roxbury I Have A Future, Dorchester Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Dorchester Massachusetts Democracy and Civic Education Fund, Boston Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Boston Maverick Landing Community Services, East Boston Mijente Boston Asamblea, Boston Muslim Justice League, Boston Neighborhood Network Center, Boston Neighbors United for a Better East Boston, East Boston North America India Center of Boston, Jamaica Plain North Shore Juneteenth Association, Lynn Preservation Circle, Boston Print Ain’t Dead, Boston Right to the City Boston, Boston Roxbury Cultural District, Roxbury Stinging Nettle Brujx Healing Collective, Roslindale The City School, Dorchester Twelfth Baptist Church, Roxbury UnBound Bodies, Medford Unity Circles, Mattapan UTEC, Lowell Violence in Boston, Hyde Park We Are Better Together, Boston Worcester Interfaith, Worcester Youth Justice and Power Union, Boston YWCA, Lawrence