Multiracial, Multigenerational Organizing
Our multiracial and multigenerational membership engages in campaigns that directly affect our lives. Organizing for economic and education justice in the South is fundamentally a fight against structural racism. This power analysis is essential to our work. We do the long term base-building work we need to win and are flexible to respond in times of crisis.
Neighborhood Organizing Committees are the vehicle for how we decide campaigns and strategies.
Training and Leadership Development, including new member political orientations and ongoing skills training, strengthen and grow our membership.
Clear Political Vision and Electoral Strategy, including an issues platform and a ballot initiative, will have an immediate impact on local New Orleans elections.
Meet the Team
We come from faith and labor organizing backgrounds and are excited to grow a membership based community organization in Louisiana.
Maria is from Lake Charles, LA and is a fierce education advocate and social justice organizer. Her experiences working with parents, congregations and on political campaigns drive the work of Step Up Louisiana. Maria has her MPA from Southern University in Baton Rouge.
Ben is a labor and community organizer who got his start supporting Sodexo workers at Tulane University in 2010. For the last five years he has worked on the Fight for 15, most recently as an organizer in New Orleans. He is looking forward to broadening the organizing work led by diverse communities and groups throughout the state of Louisiana.
Rev Willie Calhoun
Founding Board Member
Reverend Calhoun was born and raised in New Orleans and has been a preacher, political organizer and advocate in the city and state for decades.