COLOR OF CHANGE
Prosecutors are one of the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system. Historically, they have led with little transparency or accountability. And many of these elected prosecutors ran unopposed driving hyper criminalization and mass incarceration. Sojourn designed and executed the first ever national prosecutor accountability convening bringing together organizers, lawyers, policy experts and funders to create a community committed to ending mass incarceration. We also helped Color Of Change launch a national prosecutor accountability hub: Winning Justice. We advised on community demands and coalitions that led to the election of progressive prosecutors across the country from Philadelphia to Chicago; and policies that reduced the harm of criminalization in communities across the country.
WDN Action is a national network of women dedicated to progressive causes such as voter rights, sustainability, and equality for everyone in the country. Their goal is to build power for women and other under-represented groups by building a conglomerate of feminist donors. In a political landscape that in many ways is a fundraising competition, WDN wants to level the playing field by ensuring that women are using their spending power so their impact on elections will be felt.
The Democracy & Power Innovation Fund (DPI) is a community of funders, researchers and organizers working to use research, shared learning, and innovative programs to build political power, with a particular focus on communities of color. Its mission is shift the paradigm.
UltraViolet is a rapidly growing community of more than 1.2 million members who are dedicated to fighting sexism and gender discrimination. Their objectives are wide-ranging: from empowering young girls to working to end sexual assault, to combating anti-abortion legislation.
Family Story is an organization with the goal of empowering and giving more legitimacy to non-traditional family structures and breaking down what they refer to as family privilege. They conduct research on the lives and experiences of different family structures and the stigmas that they face.
Maryland Cannabis Initiative
In the 2022 election, Question 4 on Maryland ballots was a ‘yes or no’ question asking whether to amend the state constitution to include the legalization of marijuana for non-medical use. The Maryland Cannabis Initiative - Yes on 4 Campaign’s goal was to mobilize voters to support Question 4 in order to pass the ballot measure in the gubernatorial election.
BUILDING BLACK POLITICAL POWER AT THE INTERSECTION OF MOVEMENT AND ELECTORAL JUSTICE
Innovative report on the impact of Black social movement engagement on voting and other forms of civic participation.
THE POWER OF BUILDING A POLITICAL HOME: BLACK CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND MOVEMENT ORGANIZING
This report begins to unpack this dichotomy of Black political disillusionment and continued civic participation.