Work in Alabama’s Black Belt on grassroots organizing initiatives that build effective and empowered advocates for racial equity and social justice. As an organizing strategy in FY 2018, we will focus on two primary platform areas: 1) early child care, and 2) voter registration and education. Our goal is to meet with 600 individuals though one-on-one meetings, community forums, workshops/trainings and town hall meetings.
Build and advocate a cradle-to-career policy agenda focused on equity and social justice for under-resourced children and families in Alabama’s Black Belt. Working with other local and statewide organizations that share similar agendas, we will engage in policy reform efforts to address barriers to quality educational and job opportunities, to ensure a seamless transition for human success from birth to adulthood. In 2018, AISJ will continue its collaborative work with partners from around the state to pass HB 277 – The Child Care Safety Act.
Become a leader in developing and providing statewide reconciliation and healing around race, class, gender, orientation, and families. AISJ will host a series of Racial Healing and Reconciliation Community Learning Forums, sponsoring events designed to foster a deeper understanding of the human experience, through the lens of race and gender equity, to gain knowledge, skills, and strategies that will result in promoting solidarity, diversity of thought, and tolerance for divergent experiences. Click here for information on upcoming events.
Build capacity, internally and externally, to efficiently and effectively do the work necessary to meet the mission and vision of the organization. AISJ will strategically build its human capital by developing a team of leaders that will serve to execute planned work to advance our vision and mission through community efforts that will include developing alliances, advancing solidarity, and fortifying broad civic engagement and support.
Use impact/outcome data and measurement to improve programs and services, and enhance community support locally, statewide, and nationally. Working with local and state colleges, statisticians, and data collection experts, AISJ will establish a process by which reliable data may be obtained, analyzed, and used to drive social change initiatives specific to low-income communities in Alabama’s Black Belt region as well as women and people of color.