Action Projects - USA
Our community takes action to defend democratic values around the world. Explore our Fellows' Action Projects here.
In the 11 months following the on-site Fellowship program, our Fellows work on their Action Project: an independent venture focused on promoting democratic values in their own communities. Action Projects are as diverse as Humanity in Action Fellows. Fellows apply their new knowledge and perspectives to the communities they impact—in whatever format they find meaningful. The Humanity in Action community is a great resource for getting support—be it with contacts, experience or good advice. Click here for short films featuring a selection of our Senior Fellows' Action Projects.
Boston Busing Blues
Landecker Democracy Fellow Wilhemina’s project is an oral history account of the forced busing and desegregation of the Boston Public School system; the resistance of white parents to having their schools admit students of color; and the moment of racial rapture, which has become unacknowledged within the cultural and institutional memories of the city.
Kris Coffield is the Executive Director of Imua Alliance, a non-profit victim service provider for survivors of human trafficking located in Honolulu, Hawai’i. For his Landecker Democracy Fellowship project, Platforming Peace, Kris is convening ten activists affected by violence in order to reclaim digital space as a site for organizing peace and collaboration, rather than discrimination and social decay.
Carceral Marronage: Mapping Confinement & Rebellion in the Golden State
Armin’s project, Carceral Marronage: Mapping Confinement and Rebellion in the Golden State, draws on his current research on the role of systems of mass incarceration, namely prisons, in sustaining forms of social and economic inequality initiated by colonization.
LA Bridge Builders Collective
Maia's Landecker Democracy Fellowship project will map the landscape of bridge builders in Los Angeles with the aim of allowing activists, funders, politicians, community organizations, and other leaders to understand and to locate bridging resources more easily.
Human Stories Behind AI in Criminal Justice
Landecker Democracy Fellow Greg’s project is building a platform that centers the human stories behind AI in criminal justice and fights to prioritize democratic and anti-racist standards in AI development.
Youth Voices Lead
As a Landecker Democracy Fellow, Marissa is developing Youth Voices Lead (YVL), a paid, digital community and training program for 12+ youth organizers to strengthen their artistic tools and human rights knowledge to advocate for racial justice change. For around 10 weeks, these young leaders (ages 14-18) from across New York City will learn about the important issues directly impacting their communities and use artivism to inform others.
By the People
Lulu’s Landecker Democracy Fellowship project, By The People, is a dynamic learning collective of public sector and community leaders. By The People creates brave spaces for leaders, organizers, and advocates on the frontlines of local decision-making to grapple with how to tactically realize participatory local governance at scale.
Kazmyn Ramos is the Director of Services at Merchants Affordable Housing Corp. in Carmel, Indiana. She has identified the many barriers facing potential renters in search of affordable housing. Her Landecker Democracy Fellowship project, Seeking 1610, aims to improve access to affordable housing for low-income renters.