ACJP organizers Charisse and Cecilia did trainings yesterday in the Bay Area on participatory defense to three different communities throughout the day. The morning was the Asian Law Alliance, a long-standing community rooted legal agency who are on the forefront of civil rights issues and the immigrant rights movement in San Jose. The afternoon was a training with the Cathedral of Faith, a powerful church community that is a trusted community touchstone in San Jose, and a place where folks coming home from prison are receiving re-entry support. The evening was Essie’s Group in Oakland, an inspiring network of women with incarcerated loved ones. Besides showing Charisse and Cecilia’s endurance, their day also shows the double sided reality of mass incarceration. Though the criminal justice system touches so many different communities, it also shows the potential of the diverse movement who can bring it to an end. These three communities may have never met, but through their various efforts are collectively fighting back for their people, and we are honored to stand with each of them.
MORNING: Cecilia Chavez trains a group of 12 staff members (attorneys and advocates) at Asian Law Alliance, a longstanding immigrants rights and service provider in Santa Clara County on our model of participatory defense. They are excited about being able to partner with De-Bug in empowering immigrant families caught in the nexus of the criminal justice and immigration systems.
AFTERNOON: David and Carla (middle) are the first points of contact of individuals who are first released from prison, and provide a wide array of services, mentorship, support, community, and prayer for formerly incarcerated individuals transitioning into the community. Charisse and Cecy met with David and Carla to support their families who may have contact with the system to learn how to advocate effectively for their loved ones. This photo was taken in the Reentry Center’s Prayer Room.
EVENING: Cecy and Charisse met with the strong women of Essie Justice Group, a network made of women who are supporting their incarcerated loved ones to share with them our model of participatory defense.
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Amazing work, ACJP! Aram
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