CJI: Funding Grassroots Organizations to End Mass Criminalization, Incarceration and State Violence.



Providence Community Safety Act: 12 Key Points

The proposed Community Safety Act (CSA) is a city ordinance passed on June 1st 2017. It was developed after years of community meetings about how the police should function in our community and how to hold them accountable. More information: https://providencecommunitysafetyact.wordpress.com/about/


Right of Return USA Fellowship

"Right of Return Co-Chairs Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig and The Soze Agency are proud to announce the second year of the Right of Return USA Fellowship, generously funded by the Open Philanthropy Project. The fellowship program will continue to invest in formerly incarcerated artists, supporting the creation of original works produced in partnership with advocates and organizers to further criminal justice reform efforts. In this second year, we will be awarding a diverse group of six artists a grant of $20,000 each to support a project aimed at reforming our criminal justice system."

More info & application: https://www.rightofreturnusa.com/


As Inmates, They Fight California's Fires. As Ex-Convicts, Their FireFighting Prospects Wilt.

This NY Times article interviews Root & Rebound's Executive Director Katherine Katcher about the unfair use of incarcerated people to fight California's wildfires.

Unfortunately, the harsh reality of formerly incarcerated people seeking gainful employment after incarceration, are barred from securing careers in professions that require occupational licenses--all because of their criminal records. 

Learn more about R&R's occupational licensing reform work here.




UPDATE! After months of pressure from Enlace and other community organizations, CalSTRS, the largest teacher pension in the world, has voted to divest from private prisons!

Read More: https://prisondivest.com/2018/11/08/breaking-calstrs-divests-from-prisons/

The fight does not end with divestment! Read more about the Freedom Cities Movement to invest in people and the planet


Donor & Activist Collaboration

CJI Arrest Diversion Circle Members & Staff in Washington D.C.

CJI’s mission is to end Mass Criminalization and Mass Incarceration in the United States by building and strengthening the infrastructure of the grassroots criminal justice movement. We fund where the movement is developing, shifting and growing. CJI believes this movement should be led by those most impacted by the injustices of the current system, working in alliances across race, class, faith, gender, gender identity, sexuality, immigration status and age.

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