Protecting Coloradans from Discrimination

June 18, 2019   One Colorado is Colorado’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. It effectively advocates for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families by lobbying the General Assembly, the executive branch and local governments on issues like safe schools, transgender equality, relationship Read More

Removing Slavery from the Colorado State Constitution

June 14, 2019 Abolish Slavery Colorado was a diverse, grassroots, multi-faith and bipartisan coalition of Colorado organizations and individuals fighting for human dignity and justice by removing slavery from the Colorado Constitution. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, it was successful in passing a ballot measure during the 2018 elections that abolished slavery and Read More

Using Technology to Connect Workers Across the Country

June 7, 2019 United for Respect is a multiracial movement of working people advancing a vision of an economy where corporations respect their work and recognize their humanity. Its WorkIt app helps people working in hourly jobs get answers to questions about workplace policies and rights from trusted and trained peer advisors. Thanks in part Read More

Building Grassroots Progressive Power in Chicago

June 4, 2019 One People’s Campaign is committed to winning racial, gender, climate and economic justice by dismantling systems of oppression. Its members are everyday people who accomplish this through year-round community engagement, advancing progressive policies and building governing power across Illinois. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, One People’s Campaign built an organizing Read More

The Power of Audacious Hope

May 28, 2019 In this month’s entry of Voqal’s grantmaking blog series, Director of Grantmaking Brenda Sears celebrates the upcoming Audacity to Hope Day by highlighting three Voqal grantees that exemplify the power of optimism to make real change. Right now, things may seem hopeless. It feels like it is only a matter of time Read More

Connecting Online Activism to Community Organizing

May 24, 2019 CPD Action works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances and progressive unions. It works on campaigns that promote a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, CPD Action built the infrastructure needed to move activists Read More

Advancing Civil Rights and Liberties

May  21, 2019 The ACLU of Colorado is the state’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. It protects, defends and extends the civil rights and liberties of all people in Colorado through litigation, education and advocacy. With support from Voqal, it advanced a legislative agenda that led to increased protections for vulnerable communities. Despite a Read More

Empowering Rural Leaders Across Minnesota

May 3, 2019 The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is dedicated to creating transformational change in the food and farming system. LSP’s work has a broad and deep impact, from new farmer training and local organizing to federal policy and community-based food systems development. At the core of all its work are the values of stewardship, Read More

Advancing Campaign Finance Reform in Oregon

May 2, 2019 Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. It works to create open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest; promotes equal rights, opportunity and representation for all; and empowers all people to make their voices heard in the political process. With Read More

Defending and Disrupting Freedom of the Press

April 23, 2019 In this month’s entry in Voqal’s grantmaking blog series, Director of Grantmaking Brenda Sears celebrates the upcoming World Press Freedom Day by highlighting three Voqal grantees that are helping build a more socially equitable media landscape. The Nazis controlled less than three percent of Germany’s newspapers in 1933. At that time, Hitler Read More