Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware announces grant program for justice advocacy groups

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The advocacy group Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware (CPBD) announced a $100,000 fund to incubate and support local activists, advocacy groups, and nonprofits engaged in efforts for transparency, diversity, and accountability in Delaware’s state government and court system.

The fund will deploy resources and expertise to support activists and groups.

CPBD has pledged $100,000 to the fund and will disburse grants in a rolling manner through the end of the year. Interested organizations are encouraged to apply at the Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware website.

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In addition to funding, CPBD will provide administrative and strategic support to grant winners to amplify their grassroots and media efforts. The first grant will be distributed to Justice for Prisoners, a Wilmington-based advocacy group. The grant will go towards Justice for Prisoners’ official incorporation as a nonprofit advocacy group, personnel, and continued support and supplies for the group’s advocacy efforts.

Said Heather Morris, lead organizer for Justice for Prisoners, “We are so grateful for this grant from Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, which will enable us to continue fighting for the most vulnerable members of our society: incarcerated individuals. Governor Carney’s mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak in Delaware’s prisons has led to double-digit deaths from this horrible virus, along with hundreds of sick inmates who will likely suffer from adverse effects for years to come. Thanks to CPBD’s generosity, we will be able to continue putting pressure on Governor Carney to treat our loved ones as dignified human beings in the weeks and months to come.”

Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware lists itself as a group made up of more than 5,000 members including employees of the global translation services company TransPerfect, as well as Delaware residents, business executives and others. For more information, visit DelawareForBusiness.org.

The group was formed over a TransPerfect ownership dispute that ended up in Chancery Court. Company owner Philip Shawe prevailed, but was unhappy with his treatment before the court.

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