With the election of Donald Trump as President, countless federal-level legislation and agencies will lose funding, teeth, and jurisdiction across a wide array of issue areas. These federal-level changes present an opportunity for states like California to dramatically defy the loss of healthcare, safety net programs, clean energy investments, affordable housing, women’s and reproductive rights, and more through state-level organizing and legislation. Slashes to programs under a Trump administration will disproportionately affect communities of color, low-income communities, and immigrant communities—the very communities The Greenlining Institute represents and empowers. Recognizing Greenlining’s positionality as an Oakland-based policy, research, advocacy, coalition-building, and leadership-development organization, Lisa hopes to use her current role as Greenlining’s Special Projects Coordinator to develop, implement, and lead an appropriate and effective Post Election Strategy moving into 2017 and beyond.
Greenlining has traditionally worked on intersectional issue areas facing communities of color like: telecommunications, energy, health, environment, economic equity and banking. Under a Trump administration, however, a Post Election Strategy requires an extension outside the norm and entails: (a) supporting Greenlining staff; (b) empowering Greenlining departments in their advocacy; (c) appropriately uplifting critical work on issues like civil rights, immigration, and LGBTQ* issues; and (d) strengthening or forging key relationships with local CBOs, grassroots activists, policy advocates, attorneys, elected officials, community members, and others in the movement. Since this strategy will operate both internally and externally, the intended audience includes the entire Greenlining staff and Board, Greenlining Academy and staff alumni, and the various communities the Greenlining staff represent in both advocacy and lived experiences.