Last week, the New York Times ran a story about how Charles and David Koch, the notorious billionaire brothers and funders of many right-wing causes, are starting an organizing training of conservative community activists who reinforce ideals including a reliance on fossil fuels. The name of that training? The Grassroots Leadership Academy.
We’ve received several emails and phone calls asking if our organization is in anyway linked with the Koch Brothers. Rest assured, WE ARE NOT affiliated with the Koch Brothers.
While we at the original Grassroots Leadership have worked for 35 years to build power and multi-racial organizations amongst working people, the Koch Brothers have built their empire on union-busting and promoting a fossil fuel agenda. Today, we at Grassroots Leadership work to build a movement end our nation’s reliance on mass incarceration and for-profit prisons, while the Koch Brothers are funding a training academy specifically designed to attack progressive movements.
And while the Koch Brothers have billions of dollars to spend, we choose to rely on the support of folks like you keep operating. Make a donation today (or better yet become a monthly Sustainer) to support the the REAL Grassroots Leadership and the work we do every day to make the world a better place for people who have been impacted by our criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems.