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Southerners On New Ground — Anti-Criminalization Work

Members of SONG's Black Lives Matter Cohort at a 2017 Leadership Summit in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy SONG, credit: Elainiel Baldwin)
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To support anti-criminalization work.
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Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. SONG staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $400,000 over two years to Southerners On New Ground (SONG) to support anti-criminalization work. SONG intends to use this funding to hire more full-time organizers and increase efforts on anti-criminalization campaigns, particularly those focused on the abolition of cash bail and the closure or slowed expansion of local jails. We are impressed by SONG’s reputation for effective community organizing around multiple issues, and are excited to support an organization based in Atlanta, which we consider an important city for criminal justice reform efforts.

This is a discretionary grant, and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.