*Search engine behemoth Google is giving $2.35 million in grants to organizations fighting for racial justice in its Bay Area hometown.
The company’s philanthropic branch, Google.org, announced last week donations to three groups: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the Silicon Valley De-Bug and the Oakland Unified School District’s African American Male Achievement Program, reports the Huffington Post.
“Google is proud to support social innovators who are striving to make the Bay Area even better for everyone,” Justin Steele, the regional head of giving at Google.org, said in a statement. “We want to give local nonprofits the resources and support needed to be bold and innovative in their approach to our region’s toughest social challenges, including those associated with racial injustice.”
One grant will fund the launch of Restore Oakland, an economic hub which will house worker training classes, programs around racial justice, health care and child care in the city of Oakland. Another will fund a rapid-response network led by Black Lives Matter movement co-founder Patrisse Cullors to identify and react to police brutality against people of color across the country.