Citlaly Escobar

Citlaly Escobar

Racial Justice

2018

“History Beyond Colonization” (H.B.C.) is a year-long program for high school-aged Latin-American students to become cultural anthropologists, critical thinkers, and informed students. H.B.C. aims to rewrite the current, Eurocentric narrative of Latin American history present in Minnesota’s educational discourse by providing a decolonized curriculum of Latin America which 1) explores the rich pre-colonial history of Latin America, 2) investigates the colonial systematic takeover, and 3) analyzes how the past colonial structures are present in modern-day Latin America. H.B.C. supplements the missing pieces of Latin American history by providing a curriculum that expands outside the context of the United States and brings to light the unspoken history of Latin America as a blend of Indigenous, European, and African people. It will incorporate a foundational analysis of institutional oppression, educational justice, and ancestral revival.

Ciyadh Wells

Ciyadh Wells

Trans* & Queer Liberation

2018

Queer Interfaith Coalition of Athens is a coalition of faith-based organizations in the Athens community that are committed to providing a safe and affirming interfaith space for the LGBTQ community, especially for those who identify as people of color. This coalition is especially committed to serving LGBTQ people of all faith identities and multi-faith identities. QICA will use a coalition-building and a council-led leadership model to create monthly gatherings and larger interfaith services focused on the spiritual needs of LGBTQ people. QICA is also interested in helping to structure public policy and legislation that will ban conversion or reparative therapy for children under 18 years of age in Athens, Georgia. We feel that these therapies are destructive to LGBTQ people & their mental health and are committed to doing anything to stop such therapies.

Clarissa Brooks

Clarissa Brooks

Racial Justice

2018

Project THRIVE is a community-based project dedicated to providing resources and *necessary education to black girls in under-resourced communities. The THRIVE project will look to provide the necessary tools for black girls to navigate a world predicated on their failure. THRIVE seeks to make space for black girls to do more then obtains careers in whatever field interest them by making sure basic needs such as food, shelter, transportation, and safety are covered. We desire an inclusive, wellness-centered classroom for Black girls to fully exist in. This classroom creates the space for educators, counselors, and administrators to transform school environments and prepare Black girls for a world ready for their greatness. Through THRIVE, we hope to catalyze middle school Black girl’s
aspirations through an education that centers their liberation.

Coco Chang

Coco Chang

Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

2018

ENGAGE: Thurston is a county-wide campaign to increase voter and civic engagement in marginalized populations. Washington state has been working hard to address voter rights at the state level, but at the local level, most of the efforts are being focused only on voter registration. Automatic voter registration will be implemented 2020 – this is the right time to engage voters, future voters and advocates at a deeper level to identify barriers to voting and civic engagement while centering the experiences of marginalized populations. ENGAGE: Thurston will work towards increasing constituent engagement and participation through a series of community conversations and trainings. Coco will focus on developing strategies for coalition building and train a group of volunteers to create systemic change in our community beyond voter registration and beyond the 2018 elections.

Courtni Andrews

Courtni Andrews

Health Equity

2018

In order to create spaces and opportunities for communities of color to equip themselves further to become emerging health and racial equity leaders in the South, this blueprint aims to – (1) create a Data Justice Hub where research projects focusing on the health disparities and inequities of LGBT* POC can be cultivated, and (2) create a coalition of racial and health equity emerging leaders who can be conduits and bridge-builders for organizations, institutions, and non-profits for social determinants of health. These leaders can be changemakers and continue to create solutions that can impact health in the long-term. With a multifaceted approach to influencing research, policy, and creating a coalition in the South, public health critical race theorists can emerge as champions for health and racial equity in the Southeastern United States.

Cydni Holloway

Cydni Holloway

Racial Justice

2018

Birthright Africa is an organization on Emory University’s campus that seeks to connect Black students to their roots in Africa through a year-long fellowship program that includes a trip to a specific country in Africa. This program is important and vital for Black students because it is our birthright to visit our homeland. This right has been taken away from millions of Black people. In order to bridge the gap and give Black students this opportunity, this program has been created. Birthright Africa belongs on Emory’s campus because the campus was built on slave labor. Additionally, plenty of Emory’s founders supported the secession of the confederacy in order to keep slave labor legal in the south. The program serves as a unique and effective way that Emory can continue to promote the diversity and equity sectors of its mission statement.

Deborah Esther (Ravyn Joi Brooks)

Deborah Esther (Ravyn Joi Brooks)

Gender Parity

2018

Recon: Place for reconnection and reconciliation is a multi-year citywide initiative that aims to create spaces of intentional, holistic, and methodical healing spaces for sexual assault/abuse survivors within the churches in the (Black) urban core of Kansas City, Missouri. Amidst facilitating healing, this organization will mobilize local churches around legislation to shrink KCPD rape kit backlogs and encourage/protect sexual assault reports. This blueprint will establish sexual crime as an issue, expose victim stigmatization, and explain the role of churches in the solution of these issues.

Diana Castro

Diana Castro

Racial Justice

2018

Artistas del Barrio: Neighborhood Artists is a collaborative art initiative that engages artists of all skill levels and community members in Los Angeles, CA in an effort to bring more attention to the social justice issues that marginalized communities are working on. Artistas del barrio aims to do this and to bring awareness to the importance of celebrating ethnic diversity through art events and workshops. This group is composed of artists from historically marginalized communities in Los Angeles that will provide free events and workshops to their communities. This program will serve as a platform for artists to start their careers and network with other artists and arts organizations. Ultimately, we will give resources to aspiring artists to bring art programs and events to marginalized communities.

Elvira Garcia

Elvira Garcia

Education Justice

2018

The Diversity and Inclusion Initiative will work towards achieving educational justice by creating more diverse and inclusive resources for under-represented students at the St. John’s University Staten Island campus. This will take place by connecting and working with faculty members, students, and student-led organizations to input their voices and opinions and provide additional outside resources for their academic studies. The resource Elvira wants to create is an on-campus inclusivity center for students. This center will provide a safe, inclusive, and affirming space for students, and guests. Elvira will focus on pressuring St. John’s University administrators to establish resources for under-represented students, setting meetings with St. John’s University Faculty members to hear perspective students’ experiences on diversity and inclusion, and holding St. John’s University accountable to include representation from Staten Island in their plans/discussions.

Ericka Persson

Ericka Persson

Community Safety, Police Brutality and Prison Abolition

2018

Survived and Punished NY is the New York affiliate of a national organizing initiative formed by a coalition of feminist anti-prison and anti-gender based violence advocates to support criminalized survivors and abolish gendered violence, policing, prisons, immigration detention, and deportations. Our work in New York is focusing in on the #FreeThemAll project, where we demand that Governor Andrew Cuomo free all criminalized survivors of gendered violence in NY prisons. For the purpose of this Blueprint, Ericka will focus on building a base of advocates and activists to implement action across all levels that put pressure on the Governor, including advocacy from key figures close to the issue, actions and escalation tactics, and building public support and pressure both digitally and with postcard writing. We will also use electoral power to build pressure.