2012 Grant Recipients

Civil Liberties Defense Center

The Civil Liberties Defense Center’s (CLDC) mission focuses on defending and upholding civil liberties through education, outreach, litigation, and legal support and assistance. The CLDC strives to preserve the strength and vitality of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. and state constitutions, as well as to protect freedom of expression. - http://www.cldc.org/

Community Rights Lane County (Lane Community Organizers)

To teach current pesticide activists the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) method of both creating local ordinances to address community concerns, and how to organize a community around a pressing issue. To use these skills to form a cohesive group of pesticide activists who will be able to create a long-term public education campaign, and strategize the best way to approach pesticide spray issues in Lane County. - http://www.

Eugene Peace Choir

The mission of the Eugene Peace Choir is threefold: excellence in singing; the support of peace, social justice, and environment; and the maintenance of a choir community based on these principles. - http://www.eugenepeacechoir.com/

Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice

Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network (ESSN) is a grassroots organization that brings together workers, religious congregations, students and community groups to support the civil and economic rights of all people, particularly the right to a decent standard of living, the right to a stable job, and the right to freely associate, organize and collectively bargain. ESSN works to increase the economic and political power of poor and working class people by educating about, organizing for and promoting the concept of economic social justice through campaigns, each designed to focus on a different approach to building power for all workers in Oregon. ESSN works to increase the political and economic power of all people through coordinated action and strategic objectives. ESSN often focuses on labor and class issues but lately has focused more energy on working to create an effective social justice coalition. - http://essn.weebly.com/

MECCA (Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts)

MECCA is dedicated to diverting scrap materials from the waste stream and into the creative endeavors of our community. MECCA provides access to low-cost arts programming in an inclusive environment that enhances the cultural life of Lane County. - http://www.materials-exchange.org/

School Garden Project

The School Garden Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps schools create and sustain gardens where hands-on learning connects students with their environment and local food system. We provide advice in school garden design and construction, train volunteers to work in gardens, distribute material resources to local schools, and coordinate garden-based education programs that serve more than 800 students annually. - http://www.efn.org/~sgp/

We the People – Eugene

The mission of We the People Eugene is to create democracy by building social movements dedicated to:
Ending the excessive influence of corporations and other moneyed interests over our political and economic systems, and
Building peoples-based democratic communities founded on the natural rights of humans and the environment. - http://www.wethepeopleeugene.org