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Vigilant Love

Grant Type: General Operating

Duration: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021

Organization Overview

Vigilant Love creates spaces for connection and grassroots movement to protect the safety and justice of communities impacted by Islamophobia and violence in the Greater Los Angeles Area.


Vigilant Love was founded upon the longstanding relationships of Los Angeles–based Muslim and Japanese American leaders, who combine grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, political education, the arts, and healing practices across all of its work. In 2021, Vigilant Love plans to intensify its #ServicesNotSurveillance campaign, which aims to remove national security and community policing from the mental health field to ensure Muslim, Black, and brown communities can access mental health and social services without fear of surveillance, criminalization, or deportation. In this time of grief, trauma, and increased anxiety around the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on Black and brown communities, Vigilant Love believes it’s urgent to dismantle systems of violence through direct actions, creative organizing, and base-building while prioritizing our own care, joy, and longevity. The #ServicesNotSurveillance campaign is a natural progression of Vigilant Love’s work to stop government surveillance programs, including Countering Violent Extremism, Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention, and other continuously rebranded programs that weaponize and criminalize access to mental health services.

Year founded: 2015

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Website: https://www.vigilantlove.org/


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