Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and solidarity through resource sharing. On this day, people around the world donate to, volunteer with, and partner with nonprofits they believe in. At Justice Outside, we want to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our Liberated Paths grantee partners around the country who are working for racial equity and justice in the outdoors and environmental sectors. Please join us in uplifting and supporting their valuable work.
In addition to the incredible organizations listed below, please take the time to meet all our grantee partners for Liberated Paths regional grants and Liberated Paths: Youth Access to Nature Fund. Thank you.
The Center for Social Sustainable Systems (CESOSS)
Working in Albuquerque, New Mexico, CESOSS is focused on local advocacy and capacity building at the intersections of land, water, and tradition. They fight for water rights, provide educational opportunities for young people, work for the recovery of traditional land and water practices, and advocate for equity through restorative justice practices in New Mexico.
Hunters of Color
A racial equity nonprofit, Hunters of Color works to increase Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color’s connection to nature through mentorship, education, and conservation. They connect mentees with mentors trained in antiracism who help them hone their self-sustenance skills, from archery hunting to foraging.
In Color Birding Club
One of our newest grantee partners, the In Color Birding Club works to make the birding experience a positive one for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and our allies. They organize inclusive birding events, give back to our communities through service, and partner with community leaders, local environmentalists, Master Naturalists, and local policy makers to improve the plight of birds in Philadelphia.
Native Like Water
Founded in 2000, Native Like Water (NLW) works to improve the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of Indigenous youth through the implementation of water recreation, marine science education, and habitat restoration activity. By re-engaging Indigenous youth in coastal re-creation, literal creation, and reimagining of modern Indigenous practices, Native Like Water is implementing revolutionary tactics in counteracting the effects of climate change and to foster health promoting behaviors which will continue for generations to come. Education in current and traditional scientific knowledge, ocean skills, and habitat restoration efforts are at the backbone of Native Like Water’s programs.
Oshun Swim School
Through Afro-Indigenous centered swim and water based workshops, the Oshun Swim School offers Black, Indigenous, and Womxn of Color and non-binary people a safer space to explore our relationship with water and grow into embodied, joyful swimmers. They support students to gain swimming skills, and also to heal personal and generational water trauma, build community, and practice embodied mindfulness.
Sama Sama Cooperative
Sama Sama Summer Camp is an outdoor day camp for children ages 5-14 years-old and a space for intergenerational learning and teaching. Located in the East Bay, the camp is designed to provide children a fun, engaging, and critical way of exploring the intersections of culture, arts, and ecology. The camp includes Filipino language immersion, Indigenous music, dance, and exploration of ecological heritage. As a cooperative-run camp, families contribute their time, resources, and talent to create an enriching experience.
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
Focused on their mission to support, advocate, and promote justice for Southern Arizona’s transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative people, the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) is the foremost resource to learn more and engage with trans rights issues in the Southwest. In addition to community engagement and education and advocacy at the state and national level, SAGA does important work to build community for trans and nonbinary folks. They also have a Trans Heroes Coloring Books that you can download from their website for free, a great winter self-care idea.
Trail Mixed Collective
Working to uplift Women of Color in the outdoors, the Trail Mixed Collective works to increase access to learning opportunities and scholarships, organizes community events, facilitates storytelling, and creates opportunities for informal mentorship from fellow Women of Color. They recognize that the outdoors can be an intimidating space to enter as a Woman of Color which is why they are committed to increasing safe learning environments as a means to increase overall representation. Trail Mixed welcomes all cis women, trans women, and non-binary People of Color interested in entering or advancing in outdoor pursuits.
Dedicated to grassroots organizing and deep relationship building, Uplift Climate is a small grassroots collective of Indigenous, Immigrant, and Immigrant-descended peoples. They work to foster a livable future with clean air, clean water, renewable energy, regenerative food systems, and liberated peoples. In addition to sustained community engagement work, Uplift Climate hosts an annual climate justice convening of community organizers to exchange knowledge, stories, and strategies.