Application OpenTech2Empower Louisiana: Collective Action for Equity and Social Justice, September 25 - 27, 2019Fellowship Host: Citizen SHE Citizen SHE is a nonprofit organization in Louisiana that is building an aligned base of Black women who inform, advocate for and enact a collective policy agenda to address the needs of Black women across the state. The membership-based organization is weaving a new tapestry of politically activated Black women who will become Louisiana’s advocates, operatives, decision makers, and power brokers. SHE’s work reorganizes Louisiana’s political power structures to recognize Black women as activists, leaders and elected officials who represent a crucial base of power. SHE’s strategy include leadership development, policy creation, collective advocacy, cultivating candidates, training campaigners, mobilizing Black voters and engaging elected officials.Tech2Empower Advisors will collaborate with Citizen SHE, its community and its work for equity, social justice and Black women’s collective power in Louisiana. On this 3-day program from September 25-27, Advisors will have the opportunity to: Engage with and learn from social justice community organizations in New Orleans and support Citizen SHE to expand its impact through collaborative project work by: Supporting Citizen SHE with its strategy and plan to expand and engage more Black women in advance of a major election cycle and with so much at stake for women across the state;Contributing to specialized trainings on effectively leveraging technology to create, share and amplify stories to increase equity, social justice and collective power in preparation for the 2020 elections. Participate in social justice education focused site visits including the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum and Whitney Plantation Work with young women student leaders at Southern University, an HBCU, on storytelling, personal branding and professional development Build a deeper understanding and appreciation for the experiences of women in a different community, establish meaningful connections and become allies.