Liberation in a Generation works to dismantle the existing oppression economy, along with the systems, institutions, and the laws that uphold it, and to build a liberation economy. Ultimately, this is how we show up in the world: calling out structural exclusion and working to build the power of people of color to totally transform the economy. And at our core, it’s people—on the ground and across the progressive movement—who define not only what we do but also how we do it.
We fundamentally believe that securing liberation is collective work that must be shared, not done in isolation. Rooting our work across three key pillars, we are guided by partnership, collaboration, and cooperation. Our areas of work include:
Eradicating inequity in the US will require bold, transformative policy change. From convening thought leaders of color to advising policymakers on ways to ensure that their policies help people of color prosper, we know that policy analysis and advocacy are instrumental in securing economic liberation for Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander people. We’re writing publications, building evaluation tools, developing policies, and facilitating conversation to advance effective policy change—all at the local, state, and federal level. In the end, we know that policy is personal and that policy development cannot be done in a vacuum.
We define ourselves as a “national movement-support organization” because we do just that: provide support. From being thought partners for organizations as they think through and build campaigns to hosting workshops and facilitating idea-generation, we’re about bolstering efforts to win racial economic liberation and build political power. We aim to add to and reinforce local, state, and national coalitions, not assume leadership or wrestle power from the people leading them. Whether we’re advising groups on advocacy strategy or bridging movements, our grassroots relationships work is about bringing people and ideas together—and it’s about lifting each other up.
WORLDVIEW AND NARRATIVE CHANGE
To overcome the world we’re in, we have to write the story for the world we’re fighting for. Our worldview has two parts: exposing the oppression economy and, more importantly, envisioning a liberation economy. Whether we’re producing materials for voter education or leading messaging campaigns, naming and maintaining our vision—and being explicit while we do it—is essential to LibGen’s overall framework. In fact, it’s fundamental to our mission to advance policy and strengthen grassroots relationships. As we develop new narratives and drive new conversations, we remain intentional about elevating voices of color, including a network of economic justice experts.
It’s important to note that these three pillars of work move together, feeding into—and fueling—each other, day in and day out. Our commitment to partnership, collaboration, and cooperation runs true within our organization just as it does beyond it. Learn more about our core values here.