Project case studies
Black Lives Matter to Whom?
Before I begin, I feel that is necessary to explain my perspective. I am a white, college educated, upper middle class woman who has faced few institutionalized or informal forms of prejudice in my life. I am speaking from a position of profound privilege, and I know that acknowledging that is the least I can do before moving forwards. I do not and will never personally know the pride nor daily burden of being an American of color, and do not intend to imply that I do. As I discuss the shortcomings of the Black Lives Matter movement, it is with the intention of strengthening and validating the movement to my ability. I cannot claim to know the pain of systematic oppression, but I can see and trust that it is an urgent crisis, an attack on humanity, an infringement of basic democratic freedom and equality.
Case Study: Democracy Summer Internship The Effect of Mentorship and Organizing Training on Youth Leaders
As part of its effort to achieve a democracy “of, for, and by the people,” the nonpartisan voter advocacy organization Democracy North Carolina runs an internship program called Democracy Summer. This program is intended for sophomores, juniors, or seniors enrolled in North Carolina universities to learn about organizing and voter rights issues first hand. The students earn a stipend of $2,500 for the summer and work full time from late May to late July. The Democracy Summer 2014 proved to be successful, not only in providing organizing and advocacy experience to the next generation of political activists, but also in establishing roots within universities, to better reach an underrepresented group in turnout demographics, the youth vote. Lessons Learned:
The “Democracy is for the People” Movement
Key Findings 1. When done correctly, grassroots campaigns can be highly effective in spreading information and organizing citizenry within a democratic nation. 2. Information and mass involvement alone are not sufficient indicators of the success of a movement. There have to be concrete results that arise as a result of the success of these factors, such as the involvement of state legislature due to pressure from its citizenry. 3. Demonstrations, rallies and protests are an effective strategy in the effort to overturn rulings that are passed down within a democratic nation. 4. The “Democracy is for People” Movement has implemented all of these factors to yield success in pressuring state legislature and federal politicians to support an Amendment that overturns