Fellows Launch Little Black Book on Courts

Posted August 27, 2015 by Erik Lampmann

Courts Matter cohort

In the months after YP4’s Inaugural Courts Matter Training, fellows returned to their communities and strategized ways to incorporate a courts lens into their day-to-day work. As fellows reached out to other students, community organizations, and neighborhood leaders, they quickly discovered a key barrier to more impactful organizing on courts issues: a lack of information on how courts function at the state and federal level as well as a general confusion as to where one might enter the world of courts organizing. To bridge that divide, YP4 decided to crowd-source a “Little Black Book” of resources for our fellows doing the work of engaging in strategic conversations around the role of courts matter activism in achieving dynamic, lasting progressive change. We gathered best practices, personal testimonies, and researched essays from our Courts Matter Training cohort to assemble the 25-page booklet that can help explain the value of courts organizing to any young person. This collaborative project of our inaugural Courts Matter Initiative has since been distributed at conferences, distributed to coalition partners, and made available for free download online.