This work embodies the Black Lives Matter principle of Loving Engagement, in that it is the commitment to practice justice and liberation. We dedicate this collection itself to honor Audre Lorde and James Baldwin, who both taught us so deeply about challenging unjust systems.

We offer this to acknowledge and support the efforts of The Electoral Justice Project (EJP). EJP is a project of the Movement4BlackLives which seeks to continue a long legacy of social movements fighting for the advancement of the rights of black folks through electoral strategy. They recognize that voting alone will not change the conditions plaguing black communities, but understand that with strategic political actions we can make immediate interventions that move conditions toward ensuring that all black people live full, safe and healthy lives.

This is an opportunity for educators to engage their classrooms in a civic-minded curriculum that will encourage our students to engage with a critical lens in American government systems in regard to voting and all that it entails. We know, reading alongside scholar Carol Anderson, the long history of voter suppression in this country. From photo ID requirements to gerrymandering and poll closures, we know it must be explored throughout ALL our classrooms the ways that racist political maneuverings work to limit voting rights. Yet, these practices can never have the final word as we provide the tools and wisdom to the next generation of civic actors to utilize the vote and many other bold forms of civic protest to demand change.

We offer this to acknowledge and support the efforts of The Electoral Justice Project (EJP). EJP is a project of the Movement4BlackLives which seeks to continue a long legacy of social movements fighting for the advancement of the rights of black folks through electoral strategy. They recognize that voting alone will not change the conditions plaguing black communities, but understand that with strategic political actions we can make immediate interventions that move conditions toward ensuring that all black people live full, safe and healthy lives.

This is an opportunity for educators to engage their classrooms in a civic-minded curriculum that will encourage our students to engage with a critical lens in American government systems in regard to voting and all that it entails. We know, reading alongside scholar Carol Anderson, the long history of voter suppression in this country. From photo ID requirements to gerrymandering and poll closures, we know it must be explored throughout ALL our classrooms the ways that racist political maneuverings work to limit voting rights. Yet, these practices can never have the final word as we provide the tools and wisdom to the next generation of civic actors to utilize the vote and many other bold forms of civic protest to demand change.

You can access the toolkit here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1azRlzMTV_aJolONSa3CW6N5srI3lr-bbbaQQa2KfOAE/edit?usp=sharing