As calls for racial, gender, and queer justice rightfully get louder, the backlash against activists has also intensified in numerous ways. From online and in-person intimidation efforts to data breaches and the significant risks presented by the global pandemic, an urgent need exists to help protect movement leaders and advocates from all kinds of harm, allowing them to stay laser-focused on their critical work.
Recognizing this need, Proteus Fund created the Grantee Safety and Security Fund (GSSF) in 2019, providing rapid response funds to grantees from across its three donor collaboratives specifically awarded to cover physical and digital security expenses. In response to clear need, in 2021, we were able to expand the GSSF to include grants focused on health and wellness of social justice activists and organizations.
Through the GSSF, grantees have made a number of improvements to their physical and digital safety, as well as their health and wellness, including: