Participate in These Programs for Black Women
- This 5 part docu series on Civic Engagement across the South from a Black Woman's perspective. Our Detangled team went on the road for our latest series supporting Citizen SHE United's effort to mobilize Black Women in Louisiana to show up in this year's election cycle journey entitled: Road To 300K: Detangling The South! started in Leah Chase's kitchen in New Orleans and took us to 16th Street Baptist Church, Ballard House and Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama. We then met Abina Billups at the foot of Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. During our stop in Atlanta, after our tour of Sweet Auburn we got to meet with giants like Merrideth Lilly, Dekalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, and Hon. Corey D. Shackleford Sr. 33 Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Georgia. We concluded our journey on election day in Miami as the sun went down and got to hear from so many young people about why this moment in time is so vital to us all!!
SHE Shows up! comes from the concept that Black Women live at the intersection of community and familial commitments that coexist with the interpersonal issues that Black Women face fighting for the rights of women, children, and families. It doesn’t matter that we can leap, soar, fly and float, we do it through human bodies that need nourishment and rest. No matter how eloquently we strategize in the boardroom, courtroom, medical office, fast food line or maneuvering through our second shift detail, our brilliance is formed in our heads which are also juggling to strategize the complexities of our own lives. SHE Shows Up gives Black Women the opportunity to tell our own stories about who we are in our own way. It allows us to gather and connect and learn and love. It is our safe space that we invite others to participate in if they choose. Through interviews with Black Women across the globe, we are hoping to build a new narrative that Black Women have about ourselves and dispel myths that allies have about who we are and how we move.
- In partnership with city, state and national organizations including Color of Change, the City of New Orleans, Ms. Foundation, Packard Foundation and the Southern Poverty Law Center, we have crafted a program that takes students on a journey that helps them develop their own narrative around issues that they need to uplift, the ability to craft a story about that issue utilizing mediums within their capacity with an action outcome, a digital strategy to uplift that narrative, and logistical and technical support to do so. With two iterations of this. program under our belt, we have supported over 100 students participating with 26 films, (Here are some samples) some done in collaboration. We have also been able to raise funds that have allowed us to regrant over $15,000 to participants to support their filmmaking.
- Students are immersed in classes on Social Justice, Filmmaking, and Digital Organizing, via multi-integrated platforms intended to connect students across the globe. Via thoughtful campaigns that utilize film as a medium, students build and engage with each other by telling and listening to stories that connect us all to real life with inventive targeted strategies. Students also receive a stipend for their participation in the program.
- CyberJustice also curates specialized programs and events centered around connecting all students across the globe from their vantage point.
- This year crossing Black History Month and Women’s History Month with the help of our friends from AudPOP we want to celebrate all young filmmakers via the InAction Film Festival! All youth ages 13-18 are invited to submit a video or film. You may submit a current film or a new film for this competition.
- There are 13 participants selected for this fellowship. Each is affiliated with an amazing organization, project or company that works with, for, or on behalf of Black Women in Louisiana. This Fellowship has been earmarked with amazing training, fundraising opportunities, digital projects, and film production.
- Each participant was granted $2000 to support participation in the fellowship and an additional $1000 to support the development of an event that organizes your people/community through advocacy, throughout the 2022 Louisiana Legislative Session that runs March 14- June 6.
- Additionally, each participant is working either singularly or collectively to host a virtual “Day at the Capitol Event” supported by Citizen SHE, record a Louisiana Black Woman’s Ted Talk, have had assistance with the creation of a media kit, get headshots, and a Collective Social Media Project!
Building on the conversations with Black Women around their hair allowed us to engage in a social media campaign asking Black Women across the state and south to talk about community needs and acknowledge our accomplishments. Throughout this campaign Black Women across Louisiana discussed how to prioritize our access to health care, support pathways to economic equity, commit to criminal justice reform, and encourage our ability to peacefully and successfully care for our families and children.
We host, partner with and post about any activity that engages black women to lift their voice, learn about the community that surrounds them and create action steps including checking voter registration and
As we learn and create, we also create opportunities to teach. We utilize the platform Thinkfic to develop lessons and CLE’s.