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

CJI & the Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People & Families Movement Announce Quest For Democracy Program Funding.

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Sara Bennett’s “Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project

is one of the container exhibitions at Photoville, opening in DUMBO on September 13. The Bedroom Project comprises 17 portraits of formerly incarcerated women in their bedrooms accompanied by the women’s handwritten reflections. Like the women she photographs, Bennett hopes her work will shed light on the pointlessness of extremely long sentences and arbitrary parole denials and thus help their friends still in prison: women (and men) like them who deserve a chance at freedom. Photoville is the largest free outdoor photography exhibition in the United States and features work by more than 600 artists in 90 photography exhibitions & outdoor installations, providing an accessible venue for the public to experience both challenging and entertaining visual stories from a diverse group of artists, curators and organizations.. For more information: http://photoville.com.



On August 21st, prisoners across the United States and beyond began a strike against prison slavery. This strike comes hot on the heels of years of previous prison strikes, call-in campaigns, and full fledged uprisings, as well as inspiring actions against ICE and massive anti-fascist mobilizations throughout August. Not only are all of these struggles connected, but our best chances of succeeding in any of them lies in building momentum across these different movements and beyond. https://itsgoingdown.org/prisonstrike/


National Prison Strike

Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Seven comrades lost their lives during a senseless uprising that could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration, and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nation’s penal ideology. These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.

National Demands and How You Can Help

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Meek Mill speaks out following release from prison


Rapper Meek Mill was granted bail by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday after being sentenced in November to two to four years in prison for a probation violation — a decision criticized by his supporters as too severe. In an exclusive interview with Lester Holt, Mill says he recognizes this as “a very important moment.”

Hunger Strikes: A Call to End Immigrant Detention from CJI Grantee Northwest Detention Center Resistance (NWDCR).

This is the story of immigrants fighting back against an unjust system by putting their bodies on the line in peaceful protest against state violence: they went on hunger strike. From 2014 to the present, detained hunger strikers protest unfair labor conditions, inedible food, and lack of medical care. They demand to be released on bond while awaiting their immigration hearings.

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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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