An opportunity to invest in Katrina 10 & the people’s fight for ecological justice & democracy. August 28-29, 2015.

As part of the Gulf South Rising year-long initiative, Project South is collaborating with Louisiana organizers, movement leaders, artists, cultural bearers, and youth to create a three-day experience for thousands of people that is grounded in the true narrative of people’s resistance and in a political project to build movement infrastructure that includes a regional, accessible database of over 5,000 community members to be activated through the 2016 movement and civic participation efforts; a community-controlled rapid response fund governed by frontline community anchors;  and increased power and capacity in the region by training and aligning with 75-100 locally-based Black organizers to deepen their skills, experience, and position.

The Gulf South Rising (GSR) initiative kicked off in December 2014 at the Bayou Rising in Dulac, Louisiana when the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy and the United Houma Nation joined together to host over 150 participants and discussed the persistent effects of the crises on the food, land, culture, and livelihoods of indigenous communities. A regional strategy to unify Gulf South movements during 2015 was launched with the slogan: The Seas are Rising and So are We!

The Southern Movement Assembly is a Black-led multiracial convening of community delegations from local action sites, organizations, and groups that are fighting the most important battles for immediate relief and building new institutions for long-term self-determination. The SMA grew from the wreckage of Katrina with a new generation of Southern Black leaders and leaders of color and has organized over 1,000 community members over three years to participate in a region-wide governance process that produces action plans, community agendas, and infrastructure. Distinct from mobilization, hundreds of grassroots community representatives organize themselves into delegations to initiate and plan broad regional campaigns that address the heightened racialized violence that happens in our streets, our schools, our lands, and our public spaces.

 

How You Can Support

Grantmakers: Please contact Stephanie Guilloud at Project South for more information about the convening, including a concept paper and budget, and how you can support.

Donors: Contributions can be made to “Project South” and sent to 9 Gammon Ave Atlanta GA 30315, or by donating online (please also email Project South to let them know you have made a donation to support this convening).

Contact Stephanie Guilloud for more information and if you are interested in contributing separately to the Community-led Rapid Response Fund that will stay in escrow until 2016.