Leading With Legacy | Issue 03

Hey Legacy-Building Fam!

Welcome to your weekly dose of inspiration, updates, and community highlights from The Chisholm Legacy Project! We’re thrilled to have you with us on this transformative journey towards a just and equitable future for Black communities at the forefront of the climate justice movement.

🔦 This Week’s Spotlight 🔦

Policies for the People Database

“Policies for the People” is your gateway to pioneering policies designed to empower Black climate justice leadership! In our carefully curated collection, you’ll find innovative strategies aimed at providing comprehensive support for those courageously standing against extractivism and nurturing regenerative, democratic systems within our communities. Find out what’s been successful before, and inspire action in your own community!

But that’s just the beginning! Our project is dynamically evolving, and the policies you see today represent only a glimpse of the transformative vision we’re committed to expanding. As you dive into this journey of empowerment and change, remember that your feedback is not just welcomed— it’s essential!

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems Climate Remix Challenge

The Chisholm Legacy Project and the Notorious Black Femme Crew have thrown down the gauntlet! And we got up $10,000 on the line!

We’re calling you out to unleash your lyrical skills and spit fire on the mic, with a Hip-Hop anthem for climate justice. We want see you flex your creativity and craft a banger that doesn’t just slap, but that’s also a powerful call to action for climate justice.

So are you ready to lay down a beat that’s going to turn heads, move hearts for the environment, and potentially win you $10,000?

There are no rules on how you craft your video masterpiece, so hit us with your best shots! Whether you wanna stare into the camera, put on a show with friends and props, or mix in some slick animations— get wild, be creative, and most importantly, make it resonate. Show us what you got and you could win up to $10,000!

Must be 18+ to enter, entries must be 2-5.5 minutes long, must be original content, and no obscenity or defamation. Deadline is February 23, 2024.

Click the button below for the full rules and guidelines and also to submit your entry!

Black Climate Justice Toastmasters: February 21, 2024


We’re thrilled to invite you to an exhilarating and transformative experience—our upcoming Black Climate Justice Toastmasters meeting on, February 21, 2024!

By joining the Black Climate Justice Toastmasters circle, you will hone your ability to speak out, change minds, and inspire action. Our peer-to-peer support model connects you with others who are deeply committed to climate justice in Black communities. Here, you’ll refine the strength of your voice, articulate your vision with greater precision, and ignite the passion of those eager for change.

Whether your ambitions lie in electrifying the stage, leading soul-stirring discussions, or conducting life-changing workshops, we’ve got you covered. This program will equip you with the strategies, skills, and steadfast community you need to shatter ceilings and reshape futures.

🌱 Rising Together 🌱

In Rising Together, we’re celebrating and uplifting organizations and community groups we are proud to work alongside of on our journey towards Black Liberation, Just Transition, and climate justice!

SoilGeneration (South Jersey)

“We at Soil Generation are a Black & Brown agroecology coalition of women farmers and organizers working to ensure people of color regain community control of land and food, share resources and prioritize community healing, grow food, and protect and commune with the land. “

Learn more

Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (Pacific Northwest)

“The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) mission is to ignite Black and Brown communities to participate as owners and movement leaders within food systems, placemaking, and economic development.”

Learn more

🎧 Rhythm & Reads 📚

Rhythm & Reads is your go-to section, where culture meets the cause in a small curated selection of sounds, stories, and insights that inspire our shared mission towards liberation, justice, just transition, and tackling the climate crisis. Each week, we’ll handpick a mix of music, podcasts, books, and articles that enlighten and empower us to drive systemic change.

“Gaye had to fight with Motown executives, including label founder Barry Gordy, to include ‘Mercy Mercy Me’ on the album. The label was hesitant to release a song that dealt so explicitly with environmental issues fearing it would be a commercial flop, but Gaye was committed to using his music as a platform to speak out on issues that mattered to him.” [ Read more at OnStage Magazine]

San Francisco to apologize to Black residents for decades of discrimination | Dozens of people packed the San Francisco Board of Supervisors chamber Thursday to hear for the first time a resolution apologizing for the forced removal of Black communities from historic neighborhoods, ongoing tensions with the Police Department and underinvestment in key public services. | [Read full story at San Francisco Chronicle ]

A Short History of Black Happiness: What can African American history tell us about the cultivation of well-being? | The history of Black happiness underscores that inequality is not just a social problem; it is also a psychological one. Higher levels of wealth and income shield more affluent Americans from many of the struggles, stresses, and insecurities experienced by lower-income Americans. | [Read full story at Greater Good Magazine ]

🫱🏾‍🫲🏽 Join the Conversation 🫱🏾‍🫲🏽

We want to hear from you! How are you implementing the principles of Just Transition, pushing for Black Liberation, or dismantling extractivism in your community? Are there communities that you know need support in their work toward these goals, or even communities who are already doing the work and needing to be highlighted? Don’t forget – you can submit resources to our Resource Hub to be featured, or even request help finding a resource that you may need! Share your stories and insights with us and let’s make this a conversation!

Remember, each step we take is a step towards transformation. Ubuntu (I am because we are)—together, we’re not just envisioning a brighter future; we’re actively building it. Let’s keep the momentum going and continue leading with legacy.

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