SECURITY & RIGHTS COLLABORATIVE

BUILDING SOLIDARITY AND REALIZING AN INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY

America is a land of diverse cultures and faiths, but not all communities have enjoyed equal protection or justice under the law. In particular, Muslim, Arab and South Asian (MASA) communities are frequently targeted in the name of “national security,” experiencing structural, policy and societal barriers faced by far too many marginalized communities in our country. At the same time, MASA communities are working locally and nationally to build power and resilience, change the narrative, and advocate for the rights of their communities and all Americans.

As the only national donor collaborative dedicated to supporting MASA communities, the Security & Rights Collaborative works with partners to support MASA leaders, fight anti-Muslim bigotry and xenophobia, and ensure that MASA communities are full participants in our civil society. Together with our partners, we are working to empower MASA communities to work in common cause with allies across a range of movements for social and racial justice.

Our Grantmaking

Hear directly from our grantees on their triumphs, challenges, and hopes for the future:

248

Total 501(c)(3) Grantmaking To-Date

$12,701,219

19

501(c)(4) Grantmaking To-Date

$1,520,036

500+

Organizations Reached

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Our Strategy

  • Build the pipeline of leadership
  • Grow philanthropic support for MASA communities
  • Increase civic engagement
  • Build broad-based, racial justice focused coalitions
  • Shape coordinated, strategic messaging
  • Support the vision for a long-term, sustainable movement

We Support

  • Grassroots organizing
  • Civic engagement
  • Youth engagement
  • Local policy advocacy
  • Federal policy advocacy
  • Legal support/Know Your Rights
  • Communications

Our Impact

In August 2018, SRC grantees Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and Muslim Student Association – West, along with a coalition of community and civil rights organizations, were successful in getting the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to reject nearly $500,000 in federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security to carry out the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. Watch a video about the campaign here.

Project South, an SRC grantee based in Georgia, has been part of a broader movement to protect and defend immigrant and refugee communities and has mobilized the public around policies that ensure limited collaboration of local law enforcement agencies with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In October 2017, Decatur became the seventh locality in the state to pass such a policy. In September 2018, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an Executive Order to permanently stop receiving ICE detainees under the current agreement with the US Marshals Service. Read the city’s press release and the Executive Order.

SRC grantees (including Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus) came together with SRC’s rapid response coordination team and field advocates to mount a sustained campaign to get the Obama administration to dismantle the NSEERS program. This campaign to dismantle the Bush-era National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, which concluded at the end of 2016, successfully blocked one avenue through which a Muslim registry could be developed by the Trump administration.

  • Local Level

    In August 2018, SRC grantees Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and Muslim Student Association – West, along with a coalition of community and civil rights organizations, were successful in getting the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to reject nearly $500,000 in federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security to carry out the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. Watch a video about the campaign here.

  • State Level

    Project South, an SRC grantee based in Georgia, has been part of a broader movement to protect and defend immigrant and refugee communities and has mobilized the public around policies that ensure limited collaboration of local law enforcement agencies with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In October 2017, Decatur became the seventh locality in the state to pass such a policy. In September 2018, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an Executive Order to permanently stop receiving ICE detainees under the current agreement with the US Marshals Service. Read the city’s press release and the Executive Order.

  • Federal Level

    SRC grantees (including Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus) came together with SRC’s rapid response coordination team and field advocates to mount a sustained campaign to get the Obama administration to dismantle the NSEERS program. This campaign to dismantle the Bush-era National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, which concluded at the end of 2016, successfully blocked one avenue through which a Muslim registry could be developed by the Trump administration.

#NoMuslimBanEver

On June 27, 2018 the Supreme Court upheld the "Muslim Ban," siding with the Trump administration. The SRC played a central role in the national and regional mobilization efforts to oppose these Executive Orders. The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign has been a watershed in MASA leadership, putting the voices of the most impacted at the forefront of a truly intersectional national grassroots movement.

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