2011 National Lawyers Guild - People of Color Travel Stipend

The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC), the National Student Vice Presidents, and the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) are pleased to announce, once again, the availability of travel stipends for law students of color, recent graduates of color, and legal workers of color to attend the annual NLG Law for the People Convention in Philadelphia (October 12-16, 2011 - http://www.nlg.org/members/convention/). The stipend plays an important role in changing the Guild as an institution. In 2005, the NEC instituted the stipend in recognition that the NLG's flagship event had perennially failed to draw the kind of participation by comrades of color that would befit a truly progressive legal organization. The travel stipend and other measures are meant to challenge that trend. The travel stipend will cover a portion of transportation costs to the convention. It does not cover housing and registration costs. The application deadline is 8 PM EST on Friday, September 16, 2011. You may use the online application below. Women, LGBTQIA, and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants will receive a decision on their requested funding by September 19, 2011. If you are reasonably able to do so, we encourage you to make travel reservations at the earliest time possible. Applicants who receive funding will be asked, prior to receiving a reimbursement check, to provide itineraries and corresponding electronic/printed receipts. We look forward to reviewing your application! Please contact the TUPOCC co-chairs, Malika Chatterji and Ranya Ghuma, at tupocc@gmail.com, with any questions or to learn more TUPOCC. PLEASE NOTE: (i) Awardees will be asked to participate in a facilitated process aimed at exploring anti-racism and anti-oppression principles and their application/implications for legal activists of color. This facilitated process will include email interaction/discussion prior to the Convention with the TUPOCC co-chairs, participation in a TUPOCC anti-oppression skills-building/training session on the morning of Saturday, October 15, and convening with other awardees and TUPOCC small groups during the convention to organize around areas of interest in legal/community activism. (ii) This online application does not "autosave"; the applicant should be prepared to complete the entire application in one session. (iii) Submission of an application for the People of Color Stipend has no bearing on registration for the National Convention; applicants for the stipend will need to submit their registration forms separately to the National Office. (iv) The applicant is required to share certain personal information. TUPOCC and the National Lawyers Guild will not willingly or knowingly share this information with third parties. (v) The applicant will not receive reimbursement from the National Office until after the convention.
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