The Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability (CRHSA) is an activist group which promotes left-of-center law enforcement and criminal justice policies. The Hub’s main priority is pressuring local governments to cut funding for police departments and reduce the presence of law enforcement in the communities whose interests the CRHSA claims to represent. The Hub offers resources for activists attempting to remove police officers from cities, schools, and universities. 1
The CRHSA is a project of the New Venture Fund, a major left-of-center foundation which also functions as an incubator and fiscal sponsor for new or smaller activist groups. 2 One of the Hub’s largest financial backers is the Foundation to Promote Open Society, part of the international network of philanthropic organizations maintained by Hungarian-born billionaire financier George Soros. 3 CRHSA has also received financial support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, another leading left-of-center grantmaking organization which primarily funds civil society, educational, and environmental initiatives. 4
The CRHSA has partnerships with numerous other left-of-center groups engaged in anti-police and anti-prison activism. These include Communities United for Police Reform, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Law Enforcement Action Partnership. 5
In 2018, the CRHSA endorsed a report by a group called the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition which called for the Los Angeles Police Department to stop using predictive policing tactics. 6 The National Institute of Justice describes predictive policing as the practice of tracking environmental and societal factors in order to anticipate increases in criminal activity. 7 The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition report called predictive policing, and law enforcement in general, “structures of power that serve to preserve and sustain white supremacy.” 8
In 2019, the CRHSA collaborated with a group called the No Cop Academy, based in Chicago, Illinois, to create an “organizing toolkit” for anti-law enforcement activists, including children. 9 The Hub has also worked with a group called the Cops Off Campus Coalition to develop a similar collection of resources for activists against law enforcement at colleges and universities. 10
After President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law in March 2021, the CRHSA launched a pressure campaign with support from the left-of-center grantmaking organization Borealis Philanthropy and one of its subordinate foundations, the Communities Transforming Policing Fund. The campaign aims to prevent any relief funds allotted to local and state governments from going to law enforcement agencies or correctional facilities. The CRHSA released a pamphlet arguing that the funds should go to healthcare and service workers, as well as people involved in what the Hub described as “informal” economic activities. The CRHSA also called for relief funds to be distributed on the basis of race and immigration status, specifically to racial minority groups and majority immigrant communities. The pamphlet claimed that law enforcement had “systemically harmed these very same communities” by allegedly targeting them with lockdown enforcement and by refusing to release convicted criminals from jail due to the pandemic. 11
Kelcey Duggan is a research and policy associate at the CRHSA. She previously worked for the Florida state parole board. Duggan received bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Psychology from Florida State University. 12
Timothy Colman is an executive assistant at the CRHSA. He previously worked for the Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia. Colman received bachelor’s degrees in History and English from Swarthmore College. 13
The CRHSA receives its funding through its parent organization, the New Venture Fund, which serves as a pass-through for grants from other organizations intended for the Hub. 14 In 2019, the Foundation to Promote Open Society awarded a total of $1.5 million to the CRHSA. 15 In 2021, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to the Hub. 16
- Resources. Community Resource Hub. Accessed June 10, 2021. https://communityresourcehub.org/resources/
- Joe Schoffstall. “Soros Gets Behind Abolishing the Police.” The Washington Free Beacon. January 6, 2021. Accessed June 10, 2021. https://freebeacon.com/national-security/soros-gets-behind-abolishing-the-police/
- Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Accessed June 10, 2021.
New Venture Fund, Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability, 2020-07297
- About. Community Resource Hub. Accessed June 10, 2021
- “Before the Bullet Hits the Body: Dismantling Predictive Policing in Los Angeles.” Community Resource Hub. Accessed June 10, 2021.
- Beth Pearsall. “Predictive Policing: The Future of Law Enforcement.” National Institute of Justice. June 22, 2010. Accessed June 10, 2021. https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/predictive-policing-future-law-enforcement
- “Dismantling Predictive Policing in Los Angeles.” Stop LAPD Spying. May 8, 2018. Accessed June 10, 2021. https://stoplapdspying.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Before-the-Bullet-Hits-the-Body-May-8-2018.pdf
- “#NoCopAcademy Organizing Toolkit.” Community Resource Hub. Accessed June 10, 2021.
- “Getting Cops Off Your Campus.” Community Resource Hub. Accessed June 10, 2021.
- “Ensuring Federal Stimulus Funds Support Communities, Not Cops.” Community Resource Hub. Accessed June 10, 2021.
Ensuring Federal Stimulus Funds Support Communities, Not Cops
- “Kelcey Duggan, MPP’18, on Black Lives Matter and Police Accountability and Transparency.” Brandeis University. Accessed June 10, 2021. https://www.brandeis.edu/heller/heller/mpp/careers/kelcey-duggan-profile.html
- Timothy Colman. LinkedIn. Accessed June 10, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-colman/
- Joe Schoffstall. “Soros Gets Behind Abolishing the Police.” The Washington Free Beacon. January 6, 2021. Accessed June 10, 2021.https://freebeacon.com/national-security/soros-gets-behind-abolishing-the-police/
- Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Accessed June 10, 2021.https://www.mott.org/grants/new-venture-fund-community-resource-hub-for-safety-and-accountability-2020-07297/