For release on July 22, 2021
Deputy District Attorney
Community Prosecution Unit
DA “Bend the Arc” Grants Go to Groups Fighting Racial Injustice
The Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen today awarded $50,000 in “Bend the Arc” grants this year to local organizations who are working against racial injustice.
One of the 13 grants given out in a ceremony in Hillview Park in San Jose will help fund “Justice Journey” - a week-long day-camp co-lead by Grace Baptist Church that will immerse area minority youth in exploring solutions for homelessness, racial inequity, and gun violence.
The money, given out in grants worth up to $5,000, is funded from the DA’s Asset Forfeiture Fund. That money comes from illegally obtained cash and assets seized from drug dealers and criminal street gangs.
“These grants are a tribute to all the community leaders and groups who are trying – person by person – to help. We are honored to help their creative, passionate daily missions to bend the arc of this community toward becoming a better, more just, place for all.”
The grants are one of District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s social justice reforms his Office is or has implemented exactly one year ago in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. The reforms are intended to address racial discrimination and promote equity within the criminal justice system. Among the 26 policy and practice changes, DA Rosen announced that he will no longer seek the death penalty.
Other grants went to large organizations such as the NAACP and neighborhood associations in Cassell and Welch Park in San Jose. The grants will help fund such programs as:
- An after-school/weekend soccer program for the Valley Palms neighborhood in San Jose to have a supervisor on the field to help organize games and recruit players for the area soccer league.
- A Gilroy culinary academy will offer to local youth sessions of culinary arts vocational training; resume building, job, and apprenticeship placement; food handler's card certification; drug and alcohol prevention; and financial literacy instruction.
- A series of listening and action sessions organized by L.E.A.D. Filipino to advance racial equity and awareness about such things as anti-Asian hate crimes.
- Project Access will hold a resource fair for residents of the Foxdale Village Apartment, a low-income housing community in San Jose. The free resource fair will bring different types of community resources together in a location that is convenient and easily accessible to underserved populations.”
The DA Bend the Arc grants may be expanded and will be an annual event.