Culture Change & Justice/Policy Impact.
Community Engagement & Education
Our team has a long history of educating, mobilizing, and organizing community involvement, creating proximity, coalition building, working directly with legislators, and igniting culture change within systems and institutions.
Between them, our founders have additionally co-founded more than two dozen other collectives, which have:
- Conceived and supported legislation & executive action, many bills through passage and signing by the Governor, which include laws impacting:
° Discrimination against people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, incarcerated/formerly incarcerated people, and people of color (including the Racial Justice Act and Racial Justice for All, among others)
° Extreme sentencing
° Incarcerated youth
° Death sentences
° Survivors of violent crime (including sexual/gender-based violence)
- Worked closely with funders and legislators to ensure more than $100 million in private funding and more than $290 million in state/federal funding to systems-impacted people.
- Provided rapid-response support for systems-impacted people during the COVID pandemic and met regularly with numerous coalitions who came together to address the many justice crises that were caused or amplified by the pandemic; collaborated to get urgently-needed materials & resources inside; partnered on efforts to reduce the rampant overcrowding that was greatly contributing to the spread of COVID throughout California;
- Connected free and incarcerated artists; produced and distributed art created inside prison to outside curators, and museums via art magazines and publications, videos, and live performances both inside and outside of prison.
- Authored/co-authored more than two hundred resource guides, curricula, research papers, op-eds, scholarly articles, and awareness-raising campaigns on all matters related to justice, incarceration, LGBTQ/gender equity, racial equity, facilitation, and Restorative & Transformational Justice.
- Led efforts to develop and expand transformative opportunities to serve historically underserved communities, including the Death Row community, people impacted by gender/sex-based violence, and incarcerated young people.
- Developed and delivered LGBTQ-specific transformative work in a state prison that led to extraordinary culture and institutional changes.
- Created campaigns that received strong, visible, published support from a diverse array of leaders in:
° All branches of government (federal/state/local legislators, judges & officers of the court, state governors, United States Ambassadors, etc.)
° Social justice movements and organizations
° Business leaders (including more than one hundred CEOs), Faith leaders in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Native American Spirituality, among others.