Today is the first Feel Good Friday of Black History Month and we're kicking it off with Black Futures Lab.Launched in 2018 by Alicia Garza, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, Black Futures Lab "is a vehicle for Black People and Black community-based organizations to build independent progressive political power."
As explained on the website, "we engage Black voters over the long term, we empower Black voters to share the policy discussions that affect our lives, and we energize a new generation of leaders, officials and decision makers who care about issues facing Black communities. We experiment with policy solutions and community alternatives that can be put into place at the local and state level."
This work is carried out through three main programs:
- Black to the Ballot - expanding vote-by-mail policies in Alabama, Nevada and Texas
- Black to the Future Public Policy Institute - a policy advocacy and leadership training fellowship that helps Black communities wield political power
- Black Census Project - a survey of over 30,000 Black people in the U.S. that gathers information used to create policy platform guides for political candidates