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Race, disability, poverty and hunger in 2021

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The local statistics about poverty and hunger are sobering: 1 in 5 Pittsburgh residents has food insecurity, and 1 in 3 Black residents of Pittsburgh lives in a food desert. People with disabilities are three times more likely than others to live in poverty. The rates of disability are higher in communities of color: 1 in 3 Black Pittsburghers has a disability. Read More >

NEW INITIATIVE: RACE + DISABILITY learning series

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To promote greater understanding of the intersection of racism and ableism, FISA Foundation is partnering with the Heinz Endowments to offer: The RACE + DISABILITY webinar series Disability is a common human experience, 20% of Americans have some type of disability.  Many disabilities are hidden (such as mental health, intellectual … Read More >

Black History Month: Attend a Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation!

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In honor of Black History Month, FISA Foundation invites our grantees and partners to participate in a Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation. As we work to address racial inequities in our communities and our organizations, it is important to understand that racism is not primarily a problem of personal beliefs … Read More >

People of color with disabilities are being left out

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The Black Lives Matter movement challenges us all to work against the systemic racism that pervades our culture and institutions. At FISA, we recognize that our disability-focused work has not benefitted communities of color as much as it should. We believe we should more intentionally address the intersection of ableism … Read More >

FISA Foundation announces NEW grants to support equity and justice during the global pandemic

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FISA Foundation continues its longstanding commitment to promoting equity and justice for women, girls and people with disabilities by awarding nearly $450,000 to 14 organizations working to advance the rights and address the needs of these populations. “Our grantee partners are working boldly and creatively to address longstanding inequities that … Read More >

NEW Report on the Criminalization of Black girls and students with disabilities in schools

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FISA Foundation's grantee and partner, Gwen’s Girls, and the Black Girls Equity Alliance released a new report: Disrupting the Pathways to Juvenile Justice report.  Local data presents a stark picture of the ways Black youth and students of color with disabilities are disproportionately arrested and cited at school, often for minor offenses. Read More >

Black Women’s Policy Agenda Launches Survey and Virtual Listening Sessions to Elevate Concerns and Challenges During Double Crisis of COVID-19 and Anti-Black Violence

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The Black Women’s Policy Agenda (BWPA) launched listening sessions today to determine what impact the double crisis of COVID-19 and anti-Black violence is having on Black women in the Pittsburgh region. The goal is to check in on the social, emotional and financial health of Black women during these turbulent … Read More >

New Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on Girls

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One of FISA Foundation’s grantees, Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX) focuses on creating generations of confident girls who are in control of their own relationships, experiences, decisions and futures. Recently, ROX released data from a national survey of 5th-12th grade girls: Findings from 1,273 U.S. Girls on School, Technology, Relationships … Read More >

FISA grantee, ACLU of PA publishes: Researching the Impact of School Policing

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FISA Foundation has been funding the ACLU of PA, in conjunction with the Black Girls Equity Alliance, to address the disproportionate negative consequences of school policing on Black girls and Black youth with disabilities. ACLU published this report: Research on School Policing by Aaron Kupchik, July 2020 It begins: Following … Read More >