EARN in the South, launched in 2017, was created in collaboration with southern members of EARN and grassroots organizations that expressed a desire for closer partnerships, greater information and strategy sharing among states in the region, and a shared economic narrative and strategy for policy change that is grounded in, and responsive to, the unique historical and political climate of the South. The collaboration between EARN members and grassroots organizations aims to advance pro-worker economic, racial, and gender justice policies throughout the region through deep cross-state collaboration between EARN members and grassroots organizations led by, representing, and building power with, directly affected communities – particularly women and people of color. The EARN in the South cohort is made up of the EARN organizations and their grassroots partners in twelve Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
EARN Partners: Alabama Arise, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Florida Policy Institute, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, Louisiana Budget Project, OneVoice, North Carolina Justice Center, Oklahoma Policy Institute, Every Texan, The Commonwealth Institute, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.
Grassroots Partners: Adelante Alabama Worker Center, Arkansas Public Policy Panel, Flordia Rights Restoration Coalition, Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Kentucky Council of Churches, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, Mississippi NAACP, Fight for $15, Texas Organizing Project, New Virginia Majority, CARE (Call to Action for Racial Equality) Coalition, RaceMatters, and Georgia Familias Unidas.