#12DaysToShowUp Day 11: Invest in Communities and Policy Change to Address Mass Incarceration
We have become all too familiar with hearing the reports of police brutality against people of color, the statistics of prisons disproportionately crowded with Black and Brown individuals, and the stories of families torn apart by extreme sentencing policies. Our nation’s history of racism is inextricably linked to our prison system and it is critical that we take real steps nowto dismantle this system and reallocate resources to our communities.
Across the country, and here in the Bay Area, people are organizing to oppose the racial injustices of prison systems and to create opportunities for community reinvestment and policy change to address this massive civil rights issue.
Named after the revolutionary civil rights activist, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights advocates for communities of Black, Brown and low-income people impacted by state violence and mass criminalization. They engage those that have been wronged by the system and empower them to be leaders in advocacy and policy change in an effort to redirect resources away from policing and prisons and toward restorative programs to support community healing and growth.
For more than 20 years, the Ella Baker Center has inspired collective action to enact local and national change, including:
As part of our #12DaysToShowUp campaign, we ask you to donate today.75% of all funds raised will go to local Black, Indigenous, and People of Color led organizations like the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. The remaining 25% will be sent to under-resourced rural SURJ chapters mobilizing white people throughout the U.S. to support racial justice causes. Every dollar makes a difference. Click here to donate now.
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