The Electoral Justice League is the inaugural electoral organizing program of the Movement for Black Lives. Through an intensive cohort and coaching process, 12 Black organizers will be resourced to serve as campaign managers for the 2018-2019 election cycle to gain progressive candidate and advocacy campaign wins in their cities.
Lifting up and connecting local Black work with an eye on our movement and a commitment to leadership development, we believe the Electoral Justice League can lead a political renaissance up and down the ballot.
Embracing the reality that the struggle for freedom and community power is multifaceted we have created the Electoral Justice League to serve as a community of practice for Black political development. We embrace the need to go further than Black representation and push toward Black self-determination. We want to go beyond fighting legislation and fight for our own life affirming public policy.
Why do we need it?
We must take a multifaceted approach to securing our freedom – a radical freedom for safe communities, economic security, freedom to earn a livelihood, freedom to live a healthy life, freedom from exploitation and violence, and a freedom to develop a true democracy. We believe that our power is too great, our voices too necessary, our lives too valuable to leave out even one tool in our struggle for freedom.
Who is it for?
The Electoral Justice League Fellowship is for mid-level organizers* that are committed to creating new political and institutional power that respects the dignity, morality and humanity of all beings, and creates a more just system and fulfilling way of life. Fellows may organize communities towards greater political power by leading an issue-based campaign, managing a campaign to elect a progressive candidate, or pushing for progressive policies to be passed.
*Mid Level Organizers are defined as individuals who have at least two years of organizing leadership experience either in community initiatives, advocacy/issue based campaigns or candidate campaigns.
What will fellows receive?
Using a human rights and anti-Black racism lens, fellows will receive intensive campaign management training by the leading Black political operatives in the US. You will learn to build a strategic campaign plan with a Black liberation lens including support of necessary tools, as well as, legislative and policy development guidance. The Electoral Justice Project is committed to full-time coaching and mentorship of Fellows to ensure your success and ability to win in November 2018.
This position is a full-time campaign manager position from May 13th – November 30th with a stipend of $35,000 and an opportunity for additional funding of fellows’ campaigns.
Other additional supports include:
- Access to volunteer resource bank
- EJP Helpdesk*
- Ongoing Technical Assistance
- Mentor and Personal Coach
*EJP Helpdesk is a service for Black-led organizations, organizers, and Black candidates that provides technical assistance and capacity for those engaging in electoral work, a comprehensive list of Black political operatives to contribute to strategy building, and an extensive network of organizations building Black political power in the U.S. All persons that apply will receive access to the M4BL EJP Helpdesk.
Electoral Justice League Mandatory Convenings
Fellows will convene together three times during the fellowship duration. These convenings will take place on the following dates. All convening dates are mandatory. Please review the dates before you apply to ensure your availability. Dates include travel days.
- June 10th-14th, 2018
- July 9th-12th, 2018
- Sept. 16th-20th, 2018
To apply, complete the short Application Form, submit your Resume and a short video (not to exceed 7 minutes), or essay (not to exceed three pages), describing yourself and your work, as well as share your thoughts on the below questions.
- How central is Black political power and liberation to you and your organizing? Has this shifted over the last 5 years?
- Are you currently, or have ever engaged in study for your political development?
- What do you hope to achieve through your participation in this fellowship?
For more information please participate in the Electoral Justice Fellowship Webinaron Monday, March 12, 2018 at 8PM Eastern Standard Time. You may register for the webinar at http://bit.ly/ejpJLw1
For Full Application Form click here. Applications are due March 26, 2018 by 11:59 PM PST.
Additional inquiries should be made to [email protected]
Important Application Date:
- March 7th, 2018 – 1st Application Released
- March 12th, 2018 – Webinar for Q&A (optional)
- March 26th, 2018 – 1st Application Due
- April 9th, 2018 – 2nd Application Released for League Finalist
- April 23th, 2018 – 2nd ApplicationDue
- May 7th, 2018 – Finalist informed of Fellowship Selection