Fearless Vision // Real Solutions

...is now over. Thank you so much to Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice for hosting us and to everyone who attended and the event a huge success!

If you couldn't make it, check out the videos of the sessions HERE! Looking forward to continuing to connect with you all and put all the amazing learning and connecting we did to use!

Fearless Vision // Real Solutions Program

Exploring Native Strategies for Justice and Community Based Solutions Beyond Prisons

August 18-20, 2016


Thursday, August 18th

Day 1: Native Strategies for Justice

9am-9:30am: Welcome, Opening, and Introductions

9:30am-11am: Violence against Native Peoples & Community Responses

In this session we will explore different types of violence, especially alarming rates of state violence, against Native American peoples and some community-based, Native-led responses to address that violence. Some discussion of community responses that do not include police will be included. 

ModeratorGeorge Galvis, founder and Executive Director, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), CJI Circle Member

Lauren Chief Elk, co-founder, Save Wiyabi Project

Morning Star Gali, Native Justice Now

11:15am-12:30pm:  Organizing in Indian Country

In this session we will discuss the differences and challenges of organizing in Native American communities-- in urban areas, on reservations and other native land. What is being done to address the racist violence? What laws and discriminatory practices are being directed at Native communities? How can non-Native communities help secure resources, increase the visibility of, and work in collaboration to end state violence, mass criminalization and mass incarceration directed against Native peoples?

ModeratorAlbino Garcia, Executive Director, La Plazita Institute, CJI Circle Member

Morning Star Gali, Native Justice Now

Erik Bringswhite, Touch the Clouds

12:30pm-1:30pm          LUNCH  (provided on site)

1:40pm-3pm: Overcoming Trauma & Barriers to Healing

This session will engage healing practitioners with decades of experience in conversation about the significance of their work in their communities and the challenges their communities face in working toward healing and wholeness in the face of generational and ongoing trauma of colonialization, racism, invisibility and intentional poverty. How could greater resources for healing work strengthen organizing for Native rights?

Moderator: Nane AlejandrezExecutive Director, Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos

Stephanie Autumn, American Indian Prison Project Working Group

Mike Duncan, Native Dad’s Network

Martin Martinez, The Red Road

Register to attend Day 1: Native Strategies for Justice

Private Screening of The Seventh Fire


6:30pm-7:00pm  Reception (hors d'oeuvres & refreshments)

7:00pm  The Seventh Fire

Followed by Q & A moderated by Stephanie Autumn with Rob Brown, subject of the film & Albino Garcia, Executive Director, La Plazita Institute and CJI Circle Member, who appears in the film.

Synopsis: When gang leader Rob Brown is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved American Indian community in northern Minnesota. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation.

From executive producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman, and Chris Eyre comes this haunting and unflinching debut feature directed by Jack Pettibone Riccobono.

RSVP for private screening of The Seventh Fire.

Friday, August 19th

Day 2: Prisons, Police & Power to the People

9am-9:30am: Welcome, Opening, and Introductions

9:30am-11:00am: Change through Inner Transformation

A conversation about healing and restorative justice with three previously incarcerated men who spent decades in prison. We will take a deep look at the power of healing and transformation through emotional intelligence and a mindfulness, with men who transformed their own violence to become peace-keepers, helping to create safer and more just society.

Moderator: Jesse Estrin, Guiding Rage Into Power (GRIP) program at San Quentin facilitator, CJI circle member

Bernard Moss, GRIP graduate

Richard Poma, GRIP graduate

Nate Williams, Choices for Freedom

11:15am-12:30pm: Human Rights for People Inside & Outside

In the session, we will take a look at some successful campaigns for the rights of people in prison and formerly incarcerated people, often in the face of skepticism, antagonism and blacklisting. The session will also explore implementation of rights recently won and how to support new campaigns for restoring rights to people inside and out.

Moderator: Ellen Barry, founder and Fund Development Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), CJI Circle Founding Member

Misty Rojo, Justice Now

Harriette Davis, Family Unity Project Coordinator, LSPC; National Network for Women in Prison 

Manuel La Fontaine, All Of Us Or None National Organizer, Program Manager, LSPC

12:45pm-1:45pm    LUNCH     (provided on site)

2pm-3:05pm: Taking It To the Streets: Action, Repression & Surveillance

State violence of unarmed community members is sadly an experience shared by many black and brown communities. In the session, we will take a look at why these communities are increasing public protests, marches and actions; what their demands are and the punitive measures they are facing by state forces in the form of physical force, militarism, heavier charges and increased surveillance.

Moderator: Marlene Sanchez, Associate Director, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)

Cat Brooks, co-founder, Anti Police-Terror Project

Janetta Johnson, Executive Director, TGI Justice Project (TGIJP)

John Jones, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)

Maria Villalta, Justice for Alex Nieto Committee

3:15pm-4pm: Power to the People: Policy & System Change Legislation

Where has all that protesting gotten us? This session will take a look at recent and pending policy, legislative and systems advances brought through agitation and pressure. Strategic organizing is cracking the resistance against change. Where are the emerging campaigns? What are the next steps and how can we support them?

Moderator: Marlene Sanchez, Associate Director, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)

Cat Brooks, co-founder, Anti Police-Terror Project

George Galvis, founder and Executive Director, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), CJI Circle Member

Maria VillaltaJustice for Alex Nieto Committee

Register to attend Day 2: Prisons, Police & Power to the People.


Beyond Prisons

An evening of Freedom Dreaming with CJI and CURYJ


Join the Criminal Justice Initiative and Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) for food, music, and inspiring conversation at this joint fundraiser to support CJI in its 15th year of visionary funding and CURYJ in its 5th year of visionary organizing. Hear about the exciting work CURYJ, CJI and grantees are doing to make the vision of restorative justice a reality. All are welcome! 

Our Freedom Dreaming Conversation with feature:

George Galvis, Executive Director of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) and CJI Circle Member

Diana Gordon, Professor Emerita of political science and criminal justice at the City University of New York and CJI Circle Member

Janetta Johnson, Executive Director of TGI Justice Project (CJI Grantee)

Dorsey Nunn, Executive Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children home of All of Us or None (CJI Grantee)

Taliba Obuya, Southern Region Field Organizer for Amnesty International USA, National Coordinator for Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and CJI Circle Member

Conversation will be moderated by Sam Seidel, Author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), Director of the Student Experience Lab at the Business Innovation Factory and CJI Circle Member. 

Read more about them and the event here

RSVP for this special gathering and fundraiser.

Saturday, August 20th

Day 3: Toward Total Freedom: Organizing to Strengthen a Movement

A series of facilitated conversations with organizers and attendees about the kind of movement we want and the society we are working to create

9am-9:30am: Welcome, Opening, and Introductions

9:30am-10:45am: Organizing to Strengthen A Movement: Bringing our Whole Selves

Each movement has had to handle the complexities of identity in its definition. They have made decisions about who was in and who was left out? In Organizing to Strengthen A Movement: Bringing our Whole Selves we will discuss how to ensure that we embrace all our people—including differences of birth origin, sexuality, gender, gender identity, language, or religion- in movement for total freedom and self-determination.

Moderator: Penny Fujiko Willgerodt, Executive Director, Prospect Hill Foundation, CJI Circle member

Devonte Jackson, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Wazi Maret, Transgender Justice Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)

Morning Star Gali, Native Justice Now

11:15am-12:45pm: Organizing to Strengthen A Movement: United We Win

One of the most effective ways to defeat a movement for change is to divide and conquer. What are some of the tensions between and among different communities facing state repression? How are those exacerbated by funders?  What are some ways that we could strengthen collaboration within the movement? 

Moderators: Gary Malachi Scott, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Devonte Jackson, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Angela Junck, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Wazi Maret, TGI Justice Project (TGIJP)

1-2:15pm          LUNCH  (provided on site)

2:30pm-4:30pmMake the Vision Plain: Visioning a World Beyond Prisons with Community Safety & Self-determination

How should the movement best navigate the complexities of an intensifying and ever-changing political landscape? In a country and a world dominated by white supremacy, we must invest a great deal of our energy into working to defeat the many manifestations of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, etc. But what are we working for? What will the end result look like? How do we maintain our ideals without losing our compassion in the face of brutality? To create a vision of total freedom, we must include the voices of all the oppressed as they share what freedom and justice look like to them. Join us in this collective freedom visioning. 

Moderators: Lateefah Simon, Funder & Justice Advocate

Devonte Jackson, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Angela Junck, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Woods Ervin, TGI Justice Project (TGIJP)

Dorsey Nunn, All of Us or None Co-Founder; Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Dolores Canales, Founder, CA. Families against Solitary Confinement; All of Us or None Organizer, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Register to attend Day 3: Toward Total Freedom.


Weekend passes can be purchased by clicking on the event pages for either Day 1 (Native Strategies for Justice), Day 2 (Prisons, Police & Power to the People), or Day 3 (Toward Total Freedom). Buying a weekend pass will give you access to the panel discussions for all 3 days. You will still need to RSVP for the free events: The Seventh Fire film screening and Day 2: Beyond Prisons (joint fundraiser with CURYJ). If you have any questions should contact Reynold Martin at Reynoldm@solidago.org. 

If you have questions about the program or any of the events, feel free to contact us here.

All events held at La Cultura Cura Cultural Arts Café at CURYJ.

2289 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94606

*Subject to change