The SRBWI Human Rights Commissions are led by black women community leaders and elected officials.
At least ten local women, including two youth, form each commission. The Commissions implement a local action agenda for achieving economic and social justice.
Organized 11 Human Rights Commissions across the 3 states who have attended school board meetings to demand accountability, sought to diversify the teaching workforce, fought for full funding of K-12 and early childhood education, worked in collaboration on immigration issues, provided access to health care for their communities, and participated in state and national forums to inform policy makers about challenges in their communities.
To establish a Human Rights Commission in your community, contact Carol Blackmon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marguerite Casey Foundation created Equal Voice for America’s Families as a campaign to address, in their own words, two primary questions:
This campaign brought together tens of thousands of low-income families to create a platform to be heard, affecting public policy and grow advocacy to improve the economic conditions for their families and communities.
In 2013, SRBWI introduced an Equal Voice membership campaign to the participants at the Unita Blackwell Institute and to Human Rights Commission leads, selected commissioners and other young women gathering in Metairie, LA. During this meeting, Marguerite Casey Equal Voice (MCEV) interest forms were revised and benchmark goals were set for the commissions in each state.
Alabama – 930
Georgia – 1000
Mississippi – 1500
The young women at the Unita Blackwell Institute also set benchmark goals. To meet these goals, MCEV pledge cards were given out at large public gatherings and during other social opportunities.
As of March 7, 2014, there have been 4,014 contacts made in Mississippi and 1,638 completed Equal Voice interest forms.