We are the Freedom Side.
We’re a collective of young leaders of color, standing together at the front lines of the fight for racial justice.
We’re from Mississippi and Texas, Florida and North Carolina, Ohio and countries we were born in but don’t live in. We’re from every state and every ‘hood, and we call America home.
In 1964, a group of young leaders came from all around the country to register as many African- American voters as possible for 10 hot, historic weeks. They called it the Freedom Summer.
In 2014, on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, this generation’s leaders are inheriting that legacy to continue that fight.
Together, we defiantly claim that our lives matter.
We are grassroots organizers, students and volunteers who work to dismantle unjust policies and build power and create change in our communities.
Through civic engagement and direct action this summer focused in four states, we will confront unjust laws and advance our four-pronged agenda of participatory democracy, good jobs, quality education and decriminalization.
Leading these innovative summer campaigns are the Dream Defenders in Florida, immigrant youth with United We Dream (TX), Better Schools Better Jobs in Mississippi, and the Ohio Student Association. We see this summer as the first step toward building a sustainable youth of color-led civic engagement infrastructure to continue advancement toward our agenda long after the summer has ended.
JOIN US THIS SUMMER
JUNE 23-29, Jackson, MS – Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference and Youth Congress
JULY 21-27, Polk County, FL – Dream Defenders Freedom School
AUGUST 4-8, San Antonio, TX – UWD Freedom Week
SEPTEMBER, MS – Final push for education ballot initiative