Initiative manager: Ainka Jackson
Racial Equity 2030
PROJECTED PROGRAMS DEFINED
Since racism affects us on institutional, cultural and personal levels, so must our solutions.
I. Institutional: Designed to shift participants' material conditions
A. Law/Governance Programming
1. Parallel Governance Models
a. Beloved Community Block Clubs (BCBC)
Beloved Community Block Clubs are a group of neighbors living within a three-block radius or more who recognize that they have power to transform their own community by being and building the Beloved Community. They are committed to knowing one another in order to address common concerns, promote communication, improve block safety, socialize, build community infrastructure and opportunities.
b. Circle of Elders
Circle of Elders is a form of parallel, self-governance within neighborhoods that will serve as a bridge between BCBC and resources across the city to meet immediate needs and then accompanying individuals as they are trained to become advocates. As wise, resource connectors, they will help facilitate a time bartering system, connecting assets and needs within the neighborhood, manage a job bank--matching needs with assets, facilitating Children's Rites of Passage, etc.). It will also assist with addressing conflicts between individuals (from child support to fights) as well as between BCBC lessening the need for police and court intervention and freeing law enforcement to focus on more severe threats.
c. Good Trouble Citizenship School
Good Trouble Citizenship School is a rebirth of Citizenship Schools that will entail local, state, and national civics; nonviolence conflict reconciliation training, restorative justice, conflict resolution, mindfulness, racial equity, value & vision guidance (including 7 Habits of Highly Effective People), and how to become advocates on personal, community, and government levels.
2. Functional Justice Model
Street Democracy’s Functional Justice Model provides the opportunity to improve lives by addressing the root causes of behavior by leveraging in-community systems of care, reducing criminogenic risk, and achieving better public safety outcomes than the punitive sentencing methods of fines, supervision, and jail.
3. Holistic Street Outreach Worker Program
Holistic Street Outreach Worker Program modeled after the Nonviolence Institute where former gang members work to prevent and interrupt violence particularly with those who are most likely to shoot or be shot through community rapport, high quality education and employment opportunities and victim service assistance. Restorative justice will be a major addition to our program.
B Economy Programming
1. John Lewis Bridge of Hope Innovation Center
John Lewis Bridge of Hope Innovation Center is a space where residents of Selma can bring their dreams and work alongside coaches and other resource providers to help make those dreams come true. From becoming a homeowner to launching a new business, the Innovation Center will help Selma be free to dream. The building will house the majority of the programs for all sectors, including meeting spaces, local/tourist facility, booth/kiosk rentals, food court, etc.
a. The Dream Accelerator
Through the Dream Accelerator housed there, residents will also become more civically engaged as they go through an I Dream, You Dream, We dream, We create process. Receiving financial and human resources, they will have a heightened awareness of how local, state, and federal government can either aide or block their dreams from coming true.
b. Sustainable Tourism
Sustainable Tourism will be a part of the effort including ensuring the local, unfunded museums focusing on foot soldiers’ narratives can have regular hours so that they can participate in our all-inclusive tourism packages and so the Bridge Crossing Jubilee can have stable leadership to ensure people keep visiting Selma.
c. The Cleveland Model where Anchor Institutions invest/buy local
The Anchor Institutions invest/buy local model by Democracy Collaborative will also be housed in the Innovation Center.
2. Freedom Farms
Freedom Farms are a group a teaching farms, including a farm specializing in reducing recidivism based at the Dallas County Jail, designed to promote mental wellness, diet and nutrition awareness, and introduce youth to the field of agriculture. If we can’t feed ourselves then we can’t free ourselves!
3. Selma Housing Innovations
Selma Housing Innovations is an initiative dedicated to assisting people in Selma secure energy efficient, affordable housing helping to prevent gentrification as development occurs and transition participants from being renters to becoming homeowners, including partnering with the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty to take city tax properties, partner with a volunteer housing rehab organization (or our Alternative Break volunteers) and home improvement store to rehab abandoned houses.
C. Education Programming
1. Student and parent supports
a. Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom School
Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom School with McRae-Gaines Learning Center. “The CDF Freedom Schools® program provides summer and after-school enrichment through a research-based and multicultural program model that supports K-12 scholars and their families through five essential components: high quality academic and character-building enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health.
The CDF Freedom Schools fosters environments that support children and young adults (known as “scholars”) to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and in their families, schools, communities, country, and world with hope, education, and action. By providing K-12 scholars with rich, culturally relevant pedagogy and high quality books that deepen scholars’ understanding of themselves and all they have in common with others in a multiracial, multicultural democratic society, CDF Freedom Schools programs further empowers scholars to believe in their ability and responsibility to make a difference while instilling in them a love of reading to help them avoid summer learning loss.”
b. 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement
21st Century Youth Leadership Movement is a youth leadership training program using the L.A.C.E.S. Philosophy (Leadership, Academics, Culture, Economics and Service). “The mission of the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement is to inspire, assist, organize and develop young people of all ages, in and out of school, to be skilled community focused leaders, resiliently and creatively empowering themselves and their communities to affect positive change in the 21st Century.”
c. Parent Power Fellowship
Parent Power Fellowship is similar to the Oakland Reach Family Advocacy Fellowship model with a group project for hands on advocacy learning. Our objective is to help develop multi-skilled and diverse parent leaders who work to improve family, school, and community partnerships that will help build student success. Parent graduates will:
- Develop a working understanding of the school improvement process and the importance of having data and best practices information and school wide decisions to support student learning.
- Increase their knowledge about their school so that they can become active contributors and influencers within their school.
- Know the research‐based impact of parent engagement and best practices as represented by the national PTA Standards for family, school, and community partnerships.
- Acquire the skills they need to work effectively within a team, from making decisions to designing and monitoring action plans, to giving and receiving feedback and communicating directly with others.
- Improve their abilities to market to, recruit, and enroll other parents, school staff, students, and community members in the work of their school.
- Develop competencies in working across differences of class, race, religion, culture, age, ability, and sexual orientation.
- Implement a school improvement project at a school in their district.
- Assist in developing the curriculum, agenda, and projects for the Institute.
2. Selma Children’s Zone
Selma Children’s Zone will be modeled after parts of the Harlem Children’s Zone model. “Harlem Children’s Zone breaks the cycle of intergenerational poverty with on-the-ground, all-around programming that builds up opportunities for children and families to thrive in school, work, and life. From early childhood, education, and career programs to community outreach and wellness initiatives, HCZ opens pathways to mobility and prosperity.” Some of the models we are reviewing are:
a. Baby College®
Baby College®, which “sees today’s newborns as tomorrow’s college graduates and community role models. Since a child’s first years are crucial to his or her future health and success, Baby College® was launched to educate and support new and expectant parents and other caregivers through the ins and outs of early childhood development”.
b. Academy of Arts and Civic Engagement
Academy of Arts and Civic Engagement “offers a truly unique immersive learning experience for students interested in the arts. As one of HCZ’s three after-school programs for Harlem students age 14 to 21, ACE unlocks a learning pathway based on a student’s chosen focus area. From there, the structure exposes students to industry experts, real-world relevant projects, and internship and networking opportunities. ACE also offers a range of additional services to help ensure students excel in their academic careers and beyond.” We are beginning by investing in Innovative Learning Spaces including:
1) Outdoor Classroom (Auditorium, dance studio, black box theater)
2) Music/Art Upgrades
3) Early College
3. Ed Farm Teacher Fellows
Ed Farm Teacher Fellows is an annual cohort of passionate teachers that are equipped with innovative resources and teaching strategies that support active learning for all students. Teacher Fellows also collaborate with one another and provide professional learning experiences for other teachers in their schools and districts. Classrooms of Tomorrow are a transformative and student-centered physical learning space designed collaboratively with Teacher Fellows to provide students with a future-ready learning experience both virtually and physically.
II. Cultural Programming: Designed to transform harmful narratives and simultaneously fund Selma 2.0 initiatives
1. Sizzle wheel for Reality TV show w/VULSI Media (that will highlight the Selma 2.0 movement in the making and residents’ dreams coming true while helping to build a Beloved Community culture locally and nationally.
2. Socially conscious, culturally relevant, locally made music production investment similar to the Better Selma song previously executive produced.
3. Lease 50,000-watt radio station to promote narrative change and education.
4. Podcast with VULSI Media highlighting current day voting rights struggles throughout the US and world
B. History/Social Justice Curricula Development and Distribution
1. Selma Superhero Curricula and Book design and distribution with Read Selma Read Literacy Council
Selma Superhero curricula and book design and distribution with Read Selma Read Literacy Council. The series and curricula will highlight the stories of foot soldiers who lived in Selma and dispel the false narrative that people came in and saved us. On the contrary, amazing people like Dr. King and Congressman Lewis were invited and built upon the foundation foot soldiers like the Courageous 8 worked for decades to prepare.
2. Social Justice Academy curriculum and resource
Social Justice Academy curriculum and resources. The Social Justice Academy Curricula objectives are to:
1) promote investigation, critical thinking, problem solving, reading, listening, and public speaking;
2) raise awareness to social issues within the community and abroad;
3) promote a sense of love and appreciation for self;
4) prepare students to become leaders within their school and community; and
5) provide service to the community. It includes the following student engagement activities:
- 4th and 5th Grade Debate Team,
- Multicultural Learning Experiences,
- Peer Mediation,
- Community Service Projects,
- Cross-curricular Learning Experiences, and
- Student Government in the form of Leadersville including Collaborative Partnerships with Community and State Civic Leaders.
Trainings (Beyond Divide and Conquer: Unite and Build Racial Equity, Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation, business/ nonprofit startups, financial management, restorative justice, Good Trouble Citizenship School curriculum, conflict resolution, etc.). Free for local individuals with financial incentives to address pain points like debt needed to be reduced to increase credit score in order to get a business loan. Paid and a revenue source from businesses and individuals outside of the Black Belt.
III. Personal Programming: Designed to address pain points so people are prepared to take full advantage of institutional programs
A. Joy fund
Joy fund because self-care, including pampering are revolutionary acts. Participants in various programs will be able to apply for these funds as they use their personal funds for savings, investing, etc. so that self-care is not sacrificed for dreams as self-care is mandatory for dreams to come true.
B. The Free to Dream (F2D) program
The Free to Dream (F2D) program will help address the personal damage racism has caused, which is often necessary before many can take collective action to eradicate systemic barriers. F2D is designed to support the fulfillment of dreams for those born into a history of dreams being thwarted by racial and/or social injustice. This requires individual and collective healing supports combined with viable opportunities for transcending limiting beliefs about oneself and others. F2D will provide evidence-based healing, learning, and growth experiences to overcome historical, mental, emotional, and social barriers to dream realization through coaching and mentoring; and identify a variety of local, national, and international resources of those who can support dream fulfillment, including exposure to possibilities.
C. Individual, family and group counseling services and community wellness activities
There will also be access to individual, family and group counseling services and community wellness activities.