"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 a formerly incarcerated (jail or prison) person to join our office for an intensive year-long 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.

Application due by Friday, December 16, 2022 at 5 P.M

2022 Elder Freeman Policy Fellows
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2022 Policy Fellows Marvin Galdamez (front, far left), Alissa Moore (center left, in blue blazer), and Tatiana Lewis (center, giving peace sign) join LSPC staff and allies with State Senator Nancy Skinner (front, center standing with mask) at the CA Capitol in Sacramento to advocate for ACA 3: Ending Indentured Servitude.

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).