Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide has been a recognized leader in the South for thirty years, building and strengthening movements for social justice via leadership development, popular education, movement curricula and toolkits, partnerships and alliances, and organizing. Located in Atlanta, Project South addresses the needs of communities throughout the South. By creating collective spaces for communities and organizations to develop bottom-up grassroots organizing models, Project South shifts Southern-based organizing from reactive battles to visionary and strategic movement building on local, regional, and national levels.
The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund’s grant supports Project South in its commitment to LGBTQ communities, particularly in low-income Southern communities of color. RJF supports Project South’s long-term relationship with the Southern Movement Assembly (SMA), a collaborative regional organizing process and governance vehicle, which provides critical opportunities for young people, people of color, LGBTQ people, and allies to practice functional democracy; grow collective power to influence local, state, and federal policy; and to design effective means of resourcing immediate needs. Member organizations in the SMA address criminalization of communities of color; educational inequity; LGBTQ justice; women’s rights; mass incarceration; and more. In the coming year, the SMA and Project South will continue to build political power and strength with at least one-third LGBTQ leadership participation; to build LGBTQ perspectives and realities into their leadership development efforts and curricula; and youth leaders will advance the $10Mil4Real campaign addressing the increased police presence in Atlanta public schools.