LaTosha Brown

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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.[1]

Movement Voter Project

Latosha Brown is Southern Regional Advisor to the 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.

On BlackPAC

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.[2]

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.”

“Yes, Doug Jones is in the Senate,” Espy said. “But I know, because I studied that race, if it were not for Latosha Brown, Doug Jones would not be in the Senate today.”

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.

Louis E. Burnham Award

The Louis E. Burnham Award is granted each year to an individual whose work reflects the interests and values of Louis Burnham's life. Those interests included:

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. [3]

Black Radical Congress

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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.

Panelists were Ashaki Binta, Chokwe Lumumba, Ajamu Dillahunt, (coordinator) Gary Grant, Latosha Brown[4]

References

  1. TEDxOilSpill - LaTosha Brown - Cleaning Up the Dirty South Added 2011-09-28
  2. [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]
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  4. [THE BLACK SCHOLAR VOLUME 28, NO. 3/4, page 45]