In the wake of the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and a series of cases across the country where the role of elected prosecutors took center stage, the Campaign released an analysis of the demographics of America’s elected prosecutors, showing that they are 95% white, 83% male, and that two-thirds of states have no Black elected prosecutors. This data, also widely covered in national news media, helped to catalyze a growing movement focused on prosecutor accountability, led by Color of Change and other groups.
Since 2015, the Campaign has granted close to $500,000 each year to a series of Reflective Democracy Innovators — leaders, organizations, and projects seeking to dismantle the structural barriers standing in the way of a reflective democracy. Through this program we have funded leaders like Jessica Byrd of Three Point Strategies, who in 2016 was named the “January Woman to Watch” by Essence Magazine, “12 New Faces of Black Leadership” by Time Magazine, and one of the most influential millennials shaping the 2016 election by Rolling Stone.
We have supported women like Chrissie Castro, who through the Campaign’s early funding launched Advance Native Political Leadership, which seeks to increase political representation from Native communities. And by supporting well-respected community organizing groups from Oakland, California to Houston, Texas to Detroit, Michigan, the Campaign is helping to change the face of political power in these communities, and creating models for movement-centered political leadership development that is being replicated by peer organizations across the country.
Research projects the Reflective Democracy Campaign has published to date: