- 1 Black Futures in Politics
- 2 National Leading From the Inside Out Alum
- 3 When I is Replaced by We
- 4 Movement Voter Project
- 5 "A letter from the movement to the movement'
- 6 On BlackPAC
- 7 Alabama style campaign in Mississippi
- 8 Burnham connection
- 9 Louis E. Burnham Award
- 10 Black Radical Congress
- 11 References
LaTosha Brown is "an award-winning community organizer, political strategist and philanthropic consultant with over twenty years of experience working on a wide variety of issues related to social justice and civil rights.
A native of Alabama, after Hurricane Katrina she founded the Saving OurSelves Coalition, working directly with Gulf Coast residents and internally displaced persons to educate, empower, and assist hurricane survivors to rebuild communities and strengthen families—as well as providing over $2000000 worth of food, water and supplies to returning residents. A founding member of the Gulf Coast Fund Advisory Group, Ms. Brown has served as a consultant to the Fund since 2007 and was appointed by the Advisors to be the first Director of the Gulf Coast Fund in June 2010."
Black Futures in Politics
Black to the Future Action Fund, 2020 Alicia Garza Black to the Future, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, LaTosha Brown Black Votes Matter, Rashad Robinson Color of Change, Angela Rye Impact Strategies, Glynda Carr Higher Heights, Derrick Johnson NAACP, Nse Ufot New Georgia Project, Michael Harriot The Root.com.
National Leading From the Inside Out Alum
When I is Replaced by We
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Movement Voter Project
"A letter from the movement to the movement'
In September 2019 LaTosha Brown was one of 100 black leaders, many affiliated with Liberation Road who signed A letter from the movement to the movement defending Maurice Moe Mitchell and Nelini Stamp of the Working Families Party for endorsing Elizabeth Warren instead of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
Atlanta-based Black Voters Matter Fund co-founders Latosha Brown and Clifford Albright both credit BlackPAC with reaching black Alabamians and providing resources to pro-Jones volunteers. Black Voters Matter Fund is a newly launched nonprofit charity with a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” arm.
Brown and Albright both have concerns about how the Democratic Party has treated its black base. But neither criticized BlackPAC for being funded by wealthy, national interests.
Albright said it’s natural that BlackPAC’s source of funding comes from nonblack sources — and debatable to what extent that even matters considering that much of the money that fueled the Civil Rights Movement also came from nonblack, and often secretive sources.
“I’m a proponent that independent politics requires independent money,” he said.
Alabama style campaign in Mississippi
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy announced what he called “the most modern headquarters that I think any Democrat has had in Mississippi’s history” at a ceremony for the opening of his new Jackson campaign office Saturday, Aug. 25.
Leaders from across the state joined Espy at the new headquarters, along with a crowd of about 200 supporters as the campaign estimated.
The headquarters includes several rooms that serve as dedicated call centers with enough seats for dozens of volunteers to phonebank. Earlier this month, Espy told the Jackson Free Press that, unlike the shoestring budgets Democratic Senate candidates have run in recent cycles, he’s running a “national campaign” and intends to win. As if to make the point, Espy hired as his media strategist Joe Trippi, who successfully worked to elect Democrat Doug Jones in a U.S. Senate special election in Mississippi’s Deep South sister state, Alabama, last year.
One of Espy’s guests, Latosha Brown, served an instrumental role in that victory. In Alabama’s special election for U.S. Senate last year, Brown led the Alabama Grassroots Mobilization Project, which put “boots on the ground” in 18 counties, helped pay for around 400 organizers, and provided voter transportation services. For the first time since 1986, Alabama sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate.
“We’re tired of Mississippi being last,” Brown, who is also the co-founder of the Black Votes Matter Fund, said. “Are you tired of Mississippi being last? I think it’s your time. I think it’s your time to be first.”
She urged Mississippi Democrats to outdo their Alabama counterparts. “We’re gonna turn out in record numbers,” Brown said. “We’re gonna beat Alabama. You think they overperformed? We’re gonna shut it down.”
The Espy campaign’s voter-turnout models estimate that, if black voter turnout for Mississippi’s special election equals turnout in Alabama’s last year, black voters would make up 39 percent of the electorate, and Espy would need the support of just 22 percent of the state’s white voters. Analysts attribute Jones’ 2017 victory in Alabama to a surge in turnout among black voters. However, the Espy campaign assumes black voters turnout will be closer to 2016 numbers, 33 percent, and believes an issues-oriented campaign is key.
According to Linda Burnham:
- The first time I met Keith Jennings was at his satellite office – Pascal’s Restaurant in Atlanta, GA. It was 2004 and George W. Bush was running for the presidency, again. My hair was still on fire from 2000, the actual stolen election. I called Beni Ivey, then at the Center for Democratic Renewal, to ask if there was any way I could be of service in the South. She said, “Talk to Keith Jennings.” That’s how I got to Pascal’s.
- Keith was welcoming and willing to listen to a half-baked scheme to monitor and protect the Black vote in the South. He was a professional with decades of worldwide experience in protecting human rights and the integrity of elections. All I showed up with were passion and frustration. And yet he said, “Yes. We can make something happen.”
- I moved from Oakland to Atlanta and Keith and I launched Count Every Vote. Keith worked his contacts – he rocked two cell phones at a time – and we crisscrossed the South, from Georgia to Alabama to Florida and Louisiana.
- Keith had headed up teams that monitored elections all over the world. He was alive to the irony of overseeing democratic processes abroad while they were imperiled in his home country. He was so glad to bring Count Every Vote to grassroots meetings in school basements and community centers and dingy motel meeting rooms. At each gathering we talked about the importance of the upcoming election and the need to both get out the vote and protect it. Keith did the trainings on international standards for election monitoring. Sherri Bevel joined us on the road, along with two of my good friends, Gerald Lenoir and Bob Wing, who were willing to work for free.
- I don’t know what the impact of Count Every Vote was. We had no metrics. To say we operated on a shoestring is to cast shade on shoestrings. But Keith did introduce me to good people across the region who were determined to make Black votes matter – including women like Helen Butler and LaTosha Brown, who had already been deep in the trenches for years, laying the foundation for Georgia’s 2020-21 victories. And Keith and I forged a close friendship that lasted till his death. I was more than a decade older than Keith, but I leaned on him like a big brother.
Louis E. Burnham Award
racial justice in urban areas and the U.S. South, human rights, socially engaged journalism, African-American politics, youth leadership.
Commemorating Burnham's lifelong engagement with progressive causes, the award recognizes the work of journalists, social justice activists and scholars who have amply demonstrated their commitment to racial justice and the advancement of the African-American community. The Award consists of a grant of $5,000 to be used to support the work of the recipient.
The Louis E. Burnham Fund is proud of the work of previous award recipients, including Erik McDuffie, Jaribu Hill, Osagie Obasagie, Monifa Bandele, Latosha Brown, Kai Barrow, Alvin Sykes, Alfonzo White, Sendolo Diaminah, Denise Perry and Kazembe Balagun. 
Black Radical Congress
At the 1998 Black Radical Congress in Chicago, a panel was convened on "Organizing the South"
- This panel will discuss the historic role of the Black South in the larger history of Black exploitation and the struggle for Black freedom.
- TEDxOilSpill - LaTosha Brown - Cleaning Up the Dirty South Added 2011-09-28
- [https://www.publicintegrity.org/2018/03/12/21558/super-pac-has-raised-millions-mobilize-black-voters-does-it-matter-its-funders-are Center for Public BlackPAC eyes 2018 midterms after success in the Alabama special Senate election By Lateshia Beachum 5:00 am, March 12, 2018]
- [THE BLACK SCHOLAR VOLUME 28, NO. 3/4, page 45]