Non-profit

Project South

Website:

projectsouth.org/

Location:

ATLANTA, GA

Tax ID:

58-1956686

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $2,134,631
Expenses: $1,384,361
Assets: $1,721,664

Formation:

1986

Leadership:

Emery Wright

Stephanie Guilloud

Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide (stylized Project South) organizes left-of-center support for educational, social, political, and economic issues in the Southern United States. [1] Formerly known as the the Institute to Eliminate Poverty and Genocide, Project South also provides leadership development and legal services for the advancement of left-of-center policy goals, primarily in education and immigration. [2]

Project South’s executive team has substantial ties to the left-of-center organizing community, and Project South itself is affiliated with a number of left-of-center organizations including SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, Alternate Roots, and the New Jim Crow Movement. [3] [4]

Structure

As of September 2020, Emery Wright and Stephanie Guilloud work as co-directors of Project South. [5] Before joining Project South, Wright co-founded and directed The Nia Project, an organization for African-American youth. [6] Guilloud previously worked as the national co-chair of the Peoples Movement Assembly Working Group of the United States Social Forum, a forum that brings together liberal organizations led by people of color to build support for left-of-center policy implementation. [7] [8]

Other Project South officials have extensive ties to left-of-center organizing. Legal and advocacy director Azadeh Shahshahani previously worked as president of the left-wing National Lawyers Guild and as a project director with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia. [9] Project South’s southern regional organizer La’Die Mansfield is the founder of Hello Racism, a left-of-center group that aims to address what it calls the impacts of colonialism and white supremacy in American society. [10][11] Another southern regional organizer, Manzoor Cheema, is the co-founder of Muslims for Social Justice, a left-of-center organization that seeks to bring about a “liberation movement” in the United States by pursuing a left-wing policy agenda. [12] [13]

Project leader Rubin Solis has been involved in organizing for the political left for over 40 years, founding the Southwest Workers’ Union in 1981 and going on co-found the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice. [14]

Affiliations

Project South is directly affiliated with many left-of-center organizations, primarily located in Georgia. Project South has worked with several environmentalist groups, including Georgia WAND, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the East Michigan Environmental Action Council. Project South is also active in far-left movements that claim to support the liberation of people of color from white supremacy, including Alternate Roots, Concerned Citizens for Justice, and the New Jim Crow Movement. On other left-of-center social issues, Project South has been affiliated with LGBT advocacy organization Southerners On New Ground, pro-abortion advocacy group SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and the Southern Center for Human Rights. [15]

Though Project South is only loosely affiliated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement,[16] some members of Project South’s staff have participated more directly, including regional director Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson. [17] BLM has been criticized for appearing to tolerate violent demonstrations under the guise of peaceful protests against police brutality. [18]

References

  1. “About Us.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/about/. ^
  2. “About Us.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/about/. ^
  3. “Staff & Board.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/about/staff/. ^
  4. “Partnerships and Projects.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/partnerships-and-projects/. ^
  5. “Staff & Board.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/about/staff/. ^
  6. “Staff & Board.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/about/staff/. ^
  7. “Staff & Board.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/about/staff/. ^
  8. “US Social Forum.” Accessed September 25, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/global-movement-building/us-social-forum-2/. ^
  9. “Staff & Board.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/about/staff/. ^
  10. “Staff & Board.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/about/staff/. ^
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  12. “Staff & Board.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/about/staff/. ^
  13. “About MSJ.” Muslims for Social Justice. Accessed September 25, 2020. https://muslimsforsocialjustice.org/. ^
  14. “Staff & Board.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/about/staff/. ^
  15. “Partnerships and Projects.” Project South: We All Count, We Will Not be Erased. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://projectsouth.org/partnerships-and-projects/. ^
  16. Richardson, Valerie. “Black Lives Matter Groups Accuse Public of ‘Hypocrisy’ for Mourning Deaths of Cops but Not Blacks.” The Washington Times. The Washington Times, July 20, 2016. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/20/black-lives-matter-groups-accuse-public-hypocrisy-/. ^
  17. McClain, Dani. “The Black Lives Matter Movement Is Most Visible on Twitter. Its True Home Is Elsewhere.” The Nation, April 19, 2016. https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/black-lives-matter-was-born-on-twitter-will-it-die-there/. ^
  18. Scott Radnitz, Yuan Hsiao. “Analysis | Are Black Lives Matter Protesters Peaceful or Violent? Depends on Whom You Ask.” The Washington Post. WP Company, August 24, 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/08/24/are-black-lives-matter-protesters-peaceful-or-violent-depends-whom-you-ask/. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: December 1, 1994

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990 $2,134,631 $1,384,361 $1,721,664 $57,635 N $2,115,062 $7,906 $4,178 $0
    2016 Dec Form 990 $1,110,629 $1,089,802 $980,051 $66,292 N $1,117,921 $14,780 $-26,984 $0 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $1,164,993 $1,129,458 $904,327 $11,395 N $1,116,792 $11,195 $5,300 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $928,433 $727,348 $865,691 $45,358 N $904,865 $23,076 $-4,408 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $375,492 $708,736 $678,628 $59,380 N $320,920 $32,773 $16,844 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $1,201,608 $547,010 $959,239 $6,747 N $1,148,852 $49,594 $2,401 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $515,484 $473,285 $309,933 $12,039 N $483,675 $25,932 $162 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Project South

    9 GAMMON AVENUE SE
    ATLANTA, GA 30315-0000