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2012 Grants of the Herman and Frieda Miller Foundation

The major theme emerging from the 2012 grants of the Herman and Frieda Miller Foundation was public policy change through effective coalition organizing.

The series of political victories this year challenge the notion that it is difficult to evaluate advocacy and community organizing.

Illustrative advocacy wins include:

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The Sociological Initiatives Foundation Awards Research Grants for 2012

The recent grant awards of the Sociological Initiatives Foundation reveal a familiar list of discriminatory practices and public policy concerns identified by immigrant communities in the U.S.

The research and community organizing projects supported by the foundation this year will investigate a wide range of issues such as wage theft, discrimination, fraud, workplace safety, and the effects of recent anti-immigrant legislation.

Most of the projects link the research process with a grassroots advocacy campaign and typically involve a number of coalition partners in the effort.

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation was established to support research that furthers social change, including language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions.

To read the grants list, click here.


Water Withdrawal: New England Community Responses to Protect Community Groundwater


Water quality and quantity has always been a central concern of the environmental movement.

A recent surge in grassroots activism points to a new set of water worries – bottled water extraction and the privatization of public water supplies.

Bottled Water Battles

The board and staff of the Cox Trust noticed a trend of bottled water battles in many New England towns. As a regional foundation with an interest in protecting water, the Trust asked its colleagues at the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund to document the problem. Continue Reading »

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