Our Approach

The following list highlights grassroots organizations and collectives, not all of which have non-profit status, working at the intersection of ability, gender, race, and class-based oppression. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it complete—to begin, we’re highlighting groups in regions that are particularly vulnerable to the threats of the Trump administration, working for the liberation of communities that Trump has explicitly stated his administration will target.

Namely, we’re highlighting migrant justice groups, Muslim community organizations, grassroots organizations in rural regions where poor and/or of color LGBTQ people face heightened levels of isolation and violence, and collectives in cities where the police surveil, criminalize, and displace the poor, the disabled, the undocumented, and LGBTQ communities of color. We’re highlighting organizations that have lead and grown movements against state violence in regions that don’t normally get attention from mainstream media, and don’t get lots of financial support from people and institutions on the coasts with wealth.

While grant foundations like Astraea and Third Wave Fund provide essential financial support to grassroots groups, we decided to begin by limiting this list to small organizations themselves. If you want to support a larger, grant-making foundation, Astraea and Third Wave Fund are good places to start: both have consistently supported groups on the front lines of liberation movements, nationally and globally. The only grant-making organization we've listed is Trans Justice Funding Project, which makes annual grants by pooling all donated funds and bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to review applications. If you’re overwhelmed by the options on this list, consider TJFP (donate link below). A group of committed trans organizers will make considered and collaborative decisions about where and in whose hands the money ends up, emphasizing investment in trans leadership and survival.

To learn more about the methodology behind this list, read the "about" section.

Organization Issues
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice

The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice is a grassroots, statewide network of individuals and organizations that works to advance and defend the rights of immigrants in Alabama.

Rural and/or Southern Resistance Immigrant Justice
Black & Pink

Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and "free world" allies who support each other and work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.

Black Liberation Criminalized LGBTQ Communities Prisoner Solidarity
BreakOUT!

Fighting the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans, LA.

Black Liberation Rural and/or Southern Resistance Criminalized LGBTQ Communities
CUNY Clear


The Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project is housed at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. CLEAR primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counterterrorism policies and practices.

Muslim Community Organizing Immigrant Justice
California Coalition for Women Prisoners

CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC).

Black Liberation Prisoner Solidarity
Charlotte Uprising

Charlotte Uprising is a coalition of community members, local and state organizers committed to ensuring the safety of their communities, and advocating for police accountability, transparency and social and economic equity in Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas.

Black Liberation Rural and/or Southern Resistance Criminalized LGBTQ Communities Prisoner Solidarity
DRUM

DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center (formerly Desis Rising Up and Moving) is a multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth in New York City.

Muslim Community Organizing Immigrant Justice
Detroit REPRESENT!

Detroit REPRESENT! is a small collective of LGBTQ youth of color from Detroit, Michigan, who use media-organizing to creatively transform the oppression faced by Detroit’s LGBTQ youth of color, while building community.

Black Liberation Criminalized LGBTQ Communities
Disability Visability Project


The Disability Visibility Project (DVP) is an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture.

Disability Justice
Durham Freedom Fighter Bond Fund

The Freedom Fighter Bond Fund of the Carolinas is a project of Durham Solidarity Center, and is currently accepting donations to support legal costs for people demonstrating against the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, NC.

Black Liberation Rural and/or Southern Resistance Prisoner Solidarity
Families for Freedom

Founded in September 2002, Families for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation, comprised of immigrant prisoners (detainees), former immigrant prisoners, their loved ones, or individuals at risk of deportation.

Immigrant Justice Prisoner Solidarity
Fight 2 Live

F2L is a New York City based group of individuals doing support work for queer and trans people of color facing time in the New York State prison system; namely, trans people of color who have been charged with felonies and other higher level offenses, and individuals who are appealing those convictions.

Black Liberation Criminalized LGBTQ Communities
Freedom University

Freedom University is a modern-day freedom school which provides college preparation classes, college and scholarship application assistance, and leadership development for undocumented students in Atlanta, Georgia.

Immigrant Justice Rural and/or Southern Resistance
Gulf South Rising

Gulf South Rising (GSR) is a coordinated regional movement created to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis on the Gulf South region (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida).

Black Liberation Black Indiginous POC-led Environmental Justice Rural and/or Southern Resistance
ICE Out of Austin

ICE Out of Austin is collective pushing for local law enforcement to no longer cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain or deport undocumented immigrants in Travis County, Texas.

Immigrant Justice Rural and/or Southern Resistance
Immigrant Youth Coalition

The Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) is an undocumented and Queer/Trans youth led organization based in California. Their mission is to mobilize youth, families and incarcerated people to end the criminalization of immigrants and people of color.

Immigrant Justice
Indigenous Environmental Network

IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to "develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities."

Black, Indigenous, POC-led Environmental Justice
Mariposas Sin Fronteras

Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention.

Rural and/or Southern Resistance Immigrant Justice
No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes

No More Deaths began in 2004 in the form of a coalition of community and faith groups, dedicated to stepping up efforts to stop the deaths of migrants in the desert on Mexico-US Borderlands and to enacting Immigration Reform.

Rural and/or Southern Resistance Immigrant Justice
Project South

Project South is a Southern-based leadership development organization that creates spaces for movement building and works with communities pushed forward by the struggle– to strengthen leadership and to provide popular political and economic education for personal and social transformation.

Black Liberation Rural and/or Southern Resistance Prisoner Solidarity
Protection Network Action Fund

The Protection Network Action Fund is a community based network in Tucson, AZ that supports grassroots organizing for immigrant rights in Tucson by providing financial support to members and associates of immigrant led organizations who are detained and faced with deportation.

Rural and/or Southern Resistance Immigrant Justice
Red Warrior Camp

The Red Warrior Camp is a primary site of resistance against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and a hold-out of the #NoDAPL campaign.

Indigenous-led Environmental Justice
Sins Invalid

Sins Invalid is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centering artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.

Criminalized LGBTQ Communities Disability Justice
South Texas Human Rights Center

The South Texas Human Rights Center is a community based organization in Falfurrias, Texas dedicated to the promotion, protection, defense and exercise of human rights and dignity in South Texas. Their mission is to end death and suffering on the Texas/Mexico border through community initiatives.

Rural and/or Southern Resistance Immigrant Justice
Southerners On New Ground

Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South.

Black Liberation Disability Justice Immigrant Justice Criminalized LGBTQ Communities Rural and/or Southern Resistance
TGI Justice Project

TGI Justice Project is a San Francisco-based group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.

Criminalized LGBTQ Communities Prisoner Solidarity
The Icarus Project

The Icarus Project is a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. They advance social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation.

Criminalized LGBTQ Communities Disability Justice Black Liberation
Trans Justice Funding Project

The Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. TJFP make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to review applications and award grants, centering the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.

Immigrant Justice Rural and/or Southern Resistance Criminalized LGBTQ Communities
Trans Queer Pueblo

Trans Queer Pueblo is an autonomous LGBTQ+ migrant community of color in Phoenix, AZ. TQP works to create cycles of mutual support, to cultivate leadership, and to generate community power.

Rural and/or Southern Resistance Immigrant Justice Criminalized LGBTQ Communities
Women With a Vision

Created by and for women of color, WWAV is a social justice non-profit in New orleans, LA that addresses issues such as Sex Worker Rights, Drug Policy Reform, HIV Positive Women’s Advocacy, and Reproductive Justice outreach.

Black Liberation Criminalized LGBTQ Communities Prisoner Solidarity Rural and/or Southern Resistance