Generation Rising is a partnership between the Center for Empowered Politics and Everyday People PAC, building the electoral organizing power of young people of color. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed our work to be online and on the phones, but we won’t let that stop our organizing. Together with our sister organization, Seed the Vote, we will engage 1 million voters remotely through phone and text banking, connecting the issues that impact communities on the ground in swing states to our shared goal of stopping another devastating Trump term.
Generation Rising is a national network of young people building power with Black, Indigenous, and communities of color for the long term. Our goal is not just to defeat Trump, but to shift the balance of power in favor of communities of color, social justice organizations, and labor to seed the wins yet to come. Generation Rising is partnering in this work with Student Action, New Florida Majority, Pennsylvania Stands Up, and LUCHA in Arizona.
Fellowships & Internships
Fall Organizing Fellowship
The Summer and Fall Organizing Fellowships are remote programs combining online training and political education with direct experience in reaching voters remotely, including phone-banking, texting, and relational organizing. Fellows organize and recruit volunteers to engage thousands of people who have been pushed to the margins of our democracy to reclaim our stake in the political process and our collective future.
Our Fall Organizing Fellowship is a 20 hour a week (remote) opportunity for young people impacted by racism and white supremacy to work in key swing states while building the skills and analysis for long-term social justice organizing. Our fall program includes weekly political education, organizing skills building, and spaces for care and connection to keep our young organizers in the movement for the long term. This cohort of 70 paid and volunteer Fall Organizing Fellows starts on September 9th and will work through the election, getting trained in and practicing peer to peer organizing, with each pair of fellows organizing a pod of 12-20 volunteers to make calls and send texts.
That’s over 500 volunteers mobilized and supported to defeat Trump through these pods. We’ll be operating 20 field work sessions each week for our partner orgs, totalling over 4000 individual field work calling shifts!
Summer Internship & Fellowship
Summer interns and fellows started the early work this summer of calling and texting Florida and Pennsylvania towards moving more voters to defeat Trump. Generation Rising is not just about defeating Trump, but about strengthening the organizing skills and power of young people of color across the country towards a more liberated future. To do this, program participants engaged in deep political education on topics including disability justice, trans and queer liberation, organizing for migrant, tenant, and worker justice, transformative justice, and liberation. Fellows and interns were trained and practiced skills in phone banking, outreach, grassroots fundraising, movement resiliency, deep canvassing, and one on one organizing.
“ I feel empowered to demand change, and I wouldn't feel this way if it weren't for the incredible generation rising team and community. Through my experience I have gained so many powerful tools to help uplift my community. ”
“ Generation Rising was a life changing experience that sparked my passion for organizing! I created bonds with comrades that will last long into the future and learned the importance of collective power. ”
“ GenRising has made me more politically aware of my state. I left the space understanding more about people than I've ever had before. ”
“ I really appreciate Generation Rising because it was a space for us BIPOC [people who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color] to really step into our individual and collective power through sharing and deepening our political knowledge. I am beyond grateful to have met everyone in the Summer 2020 cohort because I learned how to struggle, grow, and thrive together. ”
“ Generation Rising has been a super safe space for me. I always feel super validated and comforted every time I meet with the staff/ fellows/ interns/ volunteers. ”
“ Generation Rising taught me the importance of being radically imaginative and showed me that it's okay to not always have the answers. ”
“ Generation Rising has been transformative for me this summer because it was given me the tools to see a clearer vision of what I know and hope my community to be. I now have the resources to build up my community and be resistant in the wake of complacency. Through this fellowship, I can better serve not only those around me, but also myself. ”
“ GR is a such a unique space. It is one of the only spaces I have been accepted into where I am surrounded by young activists of color who understand where I am coming from. It feels powerful to be in a group advocating for our own liberation. ”
“ Generation Rising has provided me with the skills and confidence needed to mobilize voters and organize in my own community! The amazing people I've met through this fellowship inspires me to be authentic to myself and keep fighting for our collective liberation. ”
“ Generation Rising has been an incredible space to learn, as someone who is new to organizing I was a little nervous getting into the work, but everyone has always been so welcoming as much as they have been passionate and informative. Definitely an inspiring environment! ”
Who We Are
Helena has over 20 years of experience organizing in local, national, and international settings. She has led and won organizing campaigns, and is a skilled facilitator and trainer. Helena also currently serves as the director of Seeding Change.
Alex Lalama (she/her/they) recently graduated from SFSU with a B.A. in Philosophy and minor in Race and Resistance. Alex is going to grad school in the Fall to get a master’s degree in Ethnic Studies. She was a student organizer on campus who worked for a long time with Project Rebound, an organization that helps the formerly incarcerated access higher education. Alex was a recipient of the Generation Rising Fellowship this past summer and is continuing in a leadership position in the Fall, hoping to empower young BIPOC to vote in this November's election and defeat fascism.
Celi (they/them) is the Fellowship Coordinator at Generation Rising. Before joining Seed The Vote, Celi was Organizing Director at San Francisco Rising. Celi's background is in youth development having previously run a cultural program at a young men’s prison in Washington, trained high school students in media-storytelling in Upward Bound, and taught history at Hilltop School for Pregnant Minors. Celi ran the 2016 campaign to expand voting rights to sixteen- and seventeen-year-old citizens in San Francisco. They attended the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where they studied Political Economy and Media Arts. On weekends you can find Celi geeking out about public-political-participatory art or chilling on ocean cliffs.
Hi, my name is Feliz (they/them), but you can call me Fe. I am a UC Irvine Journalism & International Studies Major. But most importantly, I am a DJ! I love playing music for people and making art with my friends, when I am not organizing with powerful folks across the nation!
Lily (they or she) most recently worked (from 2015 to early 2020) as the Campaign Director for Critical Resistance, a national organization striving to abolish the prison industrial complex through campaigns, education, and shifting public consciousness. Prior to joining CR, Lily was the founding Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center for 5 years. Lily's political work has included youth education and organizing, anti-zionist and anti-war mobilizing, migrant rights campaigning, and alliance building. Lily is queer and multiracial (Arab and white) and grew up bouncing between Morocco and south Georgia. Lily has also worked as a cook. She is currently part of a new worker-owned kitchen cooperative in downtown Oakland and organizes mutual aid food distribution in the East Bay.
J (they/them) brings 19 years of youth organizing and civic engagement experience through their work with Californians for Justice, a statewide youth organization fighting for racial justice in public education. J is currently co-director of Youth Organize! California, a statewide youth organizing network focused on expanding the capacity of young people and organizations to practice transformative youth organizing and build longterm power in communities of color. J is also on the team for the Center for Empowered Politics, supporting movement ecosystems through leadership transitions, strategic planning, and organizational assessments. In their spare time they unschool two free-spirited kids, play ultimate frisbee, and find their way to nature whenever possible.
Joshua (he/him) is a second-year student at Reed College majoring in Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies, he is particularly interested in using anthropological methods to study and quantify how institutions continue to oppress the various communities. Josh previously spent many hours working on the Vote16SF campaign in 2016, served as the Civic Engagement Chair of the San Francisco Youth Commission, and participated in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Adult Fellowship where he created a project titled "Decolonizing Fashion." On his free time, Josh enjoys going on runs, watching Netflix, and deeply contemplates the idea of a life where going outside without a mask is safe.
Sean Smith (they/he) from Littlerock, CA, in their last semester at SFSU. Creative Writing major, Geography minor, current Field Organizer. When they're not organizing for their community, Sean is finding inspiration and love inside of it, their goal is to reciprocate even a fraction of what they've received. You're most likely to find him napping.