Rise Justice Labs
What You Get
We are leaders from the largest grassroots organizing moments in recent US history, and have gathered our experience to teach you how to pass your own law. Here is what you get for being a part of the accelerator:

Win Seed Funding

Receive $5,000 in seed funding to support your advocacy work, with the opportunity to win up to $20,000 in additional funding.

Learn How to Pass a Law

Join a 12-week online training program following the Hopeanomics curriculum made up of weekly guest lectures from practitioners at the top of their game in politics, storytelling, and the arts.

Draft Your Bill

Research and write your own bill with technical support from experienced staff members and Risers who have successfully passed their own laws.

Meet Legislators

Gain access to Rise’s network of professional lobbyists, attorneys, lawmakers, funders, celebrity supporters, and media contacts.

Launch a Campaign

Get hands-on coaching from our team of leaders from the Women's March, March for Our Lives, and the #MeToo Movement.

Pitch Reporters

Practice telling your story to press and get opportunities to grow your supporters through earned media and cross-promotion on Rise’s social media channels.

Build Community

Help shape a unique cohort experience alongside a community of like-minded changemakers who will become your peer mentors.


  • Mapping the steps to pass a law
  • Writing draft legislation
  • Securing a bill sponsor
  • Testifying at a hearing
  • Power mapping
  • Relationship building
  • Creating a campaign plan
  • Mass mobilization tactics
  • Crafting a pitch deck
  • Building a media plan and pitching
  • Running a press conference
  • Growing your leadership team
  • And more!
There is no greater season for change.
Apply Now
May 27 - June 23

Applications Open

Applications are open to everyone at the link on this page.


Candidates who advance will be interviewed by the Rise team and board.
Late June

Winners Announced

Those selected will join our program to pass their first law. Everyone else will be invited to apply for our next cohort or join our organizing lectures.


Week 1 - Orientation and Leadership
Week 2 - Hopeanomics 101 (How to Pass a Law)
Weeks 3 and 4 - Research Your Issue
Weeks 5 and 6 - Write Your Bill
Weeks 7 and 8 - Tell Your Story
Week 9 - Build Your Coalition
Week 10 - Launch Your Campaign
Week 11 - Funding Your Campaign
Week 12 - Demo(cracy) Day!
August - October

Demo(cracy) Day

Like Demo Day at tech accelerators, our Demo(cracy) Day gives participants an opportunity to pitch your legislative idea to potential supporters--including legislators who may become bill sponsors, donors, press, and volunteers.
october 2021