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Braving a Pandemic CJIs Post-Webinar Resource Letter

During this COVID-19 pandemic, while the world is practicing social distancing, protecting themselves, their families and communities, Circle for Justice Innovations hosted a Webinar, A Call to Action: Braving a Pandemic, on April 6th 2020. We brought together leaders in the movement to discuss how the implications of coronavirus is impacting their work, share their innovative approaches amidst the pandemic, and what is required to blaze a path forward.

Over 160 people attended the webinar to witness the perseverance, commitment and love of seven phenomenal organizers from Massachusetts, Alabama, New Mexico, New York and North Dakota. CJI is proud to be a partner with our grantees as they model the power of working together in solidarity. As a result, it led to the culmination of a document with pertinent resources that people can access at their own convenience. This resource list will be updated every week as we continue to endure the effects of this pandemic. Please forward any resources/information you would like referenced within this list to Steven Pacheco at Thank you for your participation and/or support of our efforts.


CJI COVID-19 Post-Webinar Resources

Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO)

Founded in 2000, the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is a dynamic collective of social justice funders and youth organizing practitioners dedicated to advancing youth organizing as a strategy for youth development and social change. FCYO’s mission is to bring funders and youth organizers together to ensure that young people have the resources, capacities and infrastructure they need to fight for a more just and democratic society.

Funders for Justice (FFJ)

Funders for Justice (FFJ) is a national funder organizing platform focused on grassroots organizing led by and for people of color at the intersections of racial justice, gender justice, criminalization, and models for community safety and justice. FFJ launched in late 2014 to mobilize funding resources in solidarity with the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri, and communities of color resisting state violence and criminalization around the country.

Solidaire Network

Solidaire works to fundamentally change economic, political and cultural power systems by growing and nurturing a network of resource organizers to accompany movements for social and racial justice.

Families First Coronavirus response Act, H.R. 6201

This legislation provides paid leave, establishes free testing, protects public health workers, and provides important benefits to children and families.

The Building Up People Not Prisons Coalition – Week of Action

The Building Up People Not Prisons coalition is a group of formerly incarcerated women, women with incarcerated loved ones, and allies. Our coalition is steered by Families for Justice as Healing, based in Roxbury, and our membership largely includes people from the most incarcerated communities in Massachusetts. Our organizing flows from and builds on the vision and work of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, which has Sisters throughout the country fighting to end the incarceration of women and girls.

Youth First Initiative – COVID-19 Youth Justice Advocacy Resources

Youth First Initiative seeks to end youth imprisonment entirely by establishing a new national consensus against imprisonment of kids in favor of investments in community programs that can put kids on track to success.

Fund for Trans Generations – COVID-19 Collective Fund for Trans Communities

The Fund for Trans Generations (FTG) was created by a diverse group of funders to ensure that frontline trans activists and organizations have the financial resources and engagement needed to advance the safety, security and rights of trans people. The Fund’s grantmaking is informed by and responsive to trans communities and movements. The current funders are Arcus Foundation, Laughing Gull Foundation, NoVo Foundation, and Anonymous Donors.

The Marshall Project – Tracking the Spread of Coronavirus in Prisons

A new Marshall Project effort has collected data on the prevalence of COVID-19 among prisoners and prison staff. Here's what we know after one month of reporting.


The Circle for Justice Innovations is a national innovative grant making collaborative made up of community organizers, activists, donors, and donor-activists. This Circle identifies, funds, and nurtures grassroots organizations led by those most impacted, working to transform the criminal justice system in the United States. CJI has invested nearly $6 million in grants in the last 20 years. CJI serves as a leader in the funding of movement work within marginalized communities which includes: people of color, immigrants, gender and sexual minorities, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, Native Americans, low-income communities and other communities impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems. For more information, visit

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