BRIL aspires to reclaim and expand the meaning of â€˜Independent Livingâ€™, as originally defined by Disabled people, to prevent the term being hijacked by local authorities and the media. We are non-party political and aim to challenge all forms of oppression, working to the social model of disability. An independent group led by Disabled people, some of our campaigns include ending the unfairness of social care charging. As we do not receive local authority funding, we are free to hold our local Council to account regarding such campaigns, if we believe they are not carrying out their legal or moral duties.
Issue/area:disability-led; disability justice
The Decrim Now campaign strategy will build grassroots support for the decriminalisation of sex work across multiple constituencies and institutions including; feminist organisations, university students, violence against women and girls sector, LGBTQ sector, trade unions and local Labour Party branches. The upcoming general election in May 2024, provides an opportunity for Decrim Now to coordinate a year long campaign to build the necessary momentum and build grassroots support for legislative reform. The timing of the election provides a strategic timeline to build a focused national campaign that utilises a cycle of organising and mobilising.
Issue/area:feminist; sex worker led
Set up a sustainable grassroots Deaf and Disabled People (DDP) led think-tank to tackle the roots causes of disability injustice with the aims of: amplifying the voices of people with lived experience in relevant research and policy-making; using grassroots approaches to identifying priority disability justice issues; securing resources to take forward innovative and robust DDP led research and policy development; develop accessible resources to support the work of disability justice campaigns. The think-tank will follow the social model of disability and be based on principles of collectivity, collaborative working, accessible grassroots organising and reflective practice.
Issue/area:disability-justice; disabled people-led
Glasgow Autonomous Space (GAS) is an autonomous social centre and resource space that hosts groups struggling against capitalism and other forms of oppression. It is run by those using the space, non-hierarchically and not for profit. It is a space of intersectional solidarity, friendship, action, care and capacity building across the activist community of Glasgow. GAS supports learning for all of us who are involved, to give us skills in activism, care, peer support and sustainable energy. We are applying to improve our accessibility, facilities, training and movement building for grassroots groups.
Issue/area:social centre; anti-capitalism; migrant solidarity; prisoner solidarity
Account is applying for resources to continue its work supporting young people lead the movement to challenge, scrutinise, dismantle, and replace systems of racist and unjust policing. With Accountâ€™s funding set to end in March 2023, the funding will be used to continue existing projects and develop greater sustainability. Core areas of work include the delivery of legal, political and historical training, the hosting of collaborative events and community forums, and the development of a casework service. Account is also requesting funds to continue its path towards becoming a fully autonomous independent organisation, including the development of a governance structure.
Issue/area:abolition; youth; case work
This project will support Living Rent members to feel confident to lead outreach activities based on deep listening, igniting rage and desire for justice, and working through differences. We have seen our members transformed by this â€˜art of organisingâ€™ which requires vulnerability and vision. This project will also support members to learn about, practice and introduce more transformative approaches to conflict. Through peer support, one-to-ones, trainings, in-person activities and role plays, this project will support members to build a culture of listening, welcoming and working through conflicts in order to build the our communitiesâ€™ power to push for radical change.
Issue/area:housing rights; union; tenants led
Our 3 stage project will be based in Angell Town, one of Lambethâ€™s most deprived wards with the highest incidence of violence. Local young people will spend the first 12 weeks co-designing activities testing evidence based theories broadly around trauma-informed violence prevention, sharing what helps them. In the 2nd 12 weeks they will also work with the community to review services and redesign a local service. In the 3rd 12 weeks we will train the young people to facilitate and pay them to co-facilitate training for youth practitioners in the activities they have helped design.
Issue/area:black-led; masculinities; community work
To support the ongoing work of the Northern Police Monitoring Project in resisting and challenging police violence, racism and injustice, whilst imagining transformative futures. This funding application is to enhance organisational structures and ensure our sustainability and wellbeing, supporting us with counselling and wellbeing provision, our ongoing campaign work, organisational security, the embedding of care in the organisation, our online presence (website), our annual magazine, and administration.
Issue/area:anti-racism; police violence; abolition
PEACH has always thought big and worked hard to win change in our community. By spending all our energy on campaigns and supporting our members, we havenâ€™t spent enough time on the infrastructure we need to make organising sustainable in the long-term. We need to invest energy on how we work together effectively and ensure all members have power and autonomy within PEACH. This is a problem we know allies in the movement face too. This fund will support us to build sustainable, accessible and democratic tools, guidelines and resources that enables communities to unionise; build power and win change.
Issue/area:housing justice; working class; economic justice
Peaks of Colour is a Peak District-based nature-for-healing community group, by and for people of colour only. Through our monthly hikes, and seasonal walkshops - creative and holistic workshops in nature for self-identifying women/gender diverse POC - we explore abolitionist, nature-led routes to healing and justice for people with gendered and racialised trauma. We're applying for Â£68,740 from JRCT which will support us to facilitate 24 POC-led hikes through our Walking Club, and 8 POC-led walkshops through our Healing Club. This funding will allow us to expand and deepen the impact of our movement, which fights for racial, gendered and land justice.
Issue/area:poc-led; land justice; healing
URBC seeks to use the seven years of campaigning, writing, training, and casework as the basis for targeted in-depth migrant-led knowledge production to upskill legal professionals, trade union members and activists in resisting the weaponisation of immigration status against migrant staff and students in UK higher education. This task requires the development of new resources by URBC to offer appropriate analysis, the creation of a new legal fund to be used strategically to challenge the hostile environment, and new outreach and training work. Our work on Riham Shebleâ€™s case [https://tinyurl.com/3n2pnmez] demonstrates the urgent need for this specialised knowledge.
Issue/area:migrant solidarity; migrant justice; youth led
Sex Workers Union is looking for funding to strengthen our movement via access to in-person meetings, stipends, research and networking, community & knowledge building workshops, membership wellbeing, and legal/casework support. With funding, we will have exponentially more capacity to resource sex workers to participate in movement work relating to their own working conditions. We will increase our organising capacity, reaching more workers, and accessing more knowledge from within and outwith our community. We will be more able to manage burnout and make space for healing, rest and reflection; allowing us to transform our working conditions and ultimately, our lives.
Issue/area:Sex workers' rights; feminist