"Elder" Freeman Policy Fellowship

The Ronald “Elder” Freeman Memorial Policy Fellowship is a project of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. Ronald “Elder” Freeman was a legendary revolutionary pillar in the Bay Area, a lifelong Freedom Fighter in the Black Liberation Struggle and an original member of the Southern California chapter of the Black Panther Party. This fellowship honors his work and legacy.

We are looking for three (3) formerly incarcerated (jail or prison) people to join our office for an intensive yearlong fellowship program to learn grassroots organizing, legislative and administrative advocacy, and other strategies to run local and state campaigns with the goal of elevating the leadership of formerly incarcerated people in criminal justice reform.

Policy fellows work with coalitions and legislative offices to draft bill language and move up to three bills through the legislative process. Our policy fellows advocate for releasing incarcerated people, reunifying families, and restoring human and civil rights through storytelling, public speaking, and social media campaigning. They engage with and empower their communities through grassroots organizing. Over the course of the year, our fellows develop the critical skills and experience necessary for a full-time position as an organizer or criminal justice advocate.

Communications Fellow

We are looking for a (1) formerly incarcerated (jail or prison) person to join our office for an intensive year-long Communications fellowship program to develop effective multi-media campaign strategies and content creation (social media, video, audio, graphic design, etc.) with the goal of elevating the work of formerly incarcerated people in criminal justice reform.

We are accepting applications for the 2022 Elder Freeman Policy and Communications Fellowships through Friday, November 19, 2021.

2020 "Elder" Freeman Policy Fellows
(Left to right): 2021 Policy Fellows Shani Shay, Jeronimo Aguilar, Kevin McCarthy, Communications Manager Troy Williams, Staff Attorney Kellie Walters, Policy Manager Joanna Billingy, Policy Fellow Jesse Burleson, State Senator Steven Bradford, USI advocate Tonatiuh Beltran, and Policy Fellow John Cannon at the CA Capitol in Sacramento.

(Left to right): 2021 Policy Fellows Shani Shay, Jeronimo Aguilar, Kevin McCarthy, Communications Manager Troy Williams, Staff Attorney Kellie Walters, Policy Manager Joanna Billingy, Policy Fellow Jesse Burleson, State Senator Steven Bradford, USI advocate Tonatiuh Beltran, and Policy Fellow John Cannon at the CA Capitol in Sacramento.

2021 Policy Fellows (clockwise from bottom left) Alex Dias, Jeronimo Aguilar, Shani Shay, John Cannon, and Jesse Burleson discuss their legislative campaigns on AOUON's biweekly One Community, One Mic show with host Communications Fellow Tariq "Soul Brother #9" Palmer (bottom right).

2021 Policy Fellows (clockwise from bottom left) Alex Dias, Jeronimo Aguilar, Shani Shay, John Cannon, and Jesse Burleson discuss their legislative campaigns on AOUON's biweekly One Community, One Mic show with host Communications Fellow Tariq "Soul Brother #9" Palmer (bottom right).