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CCJFG | 2020 Funder Education, Part 1: Prison Industrial Complex Abolition

Friday, March 20, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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What is prison industrial complex abolition? What does it mean to organize from the orientation of abolition? How would our funding practices shift if we adopted abolitionist principles?

In part one of the California Criminal Justice Funders Group (CCJFG) 2020 Funder Education Series, we will discuss these questions and the statewide and national movements to abolish prisons and policing. We will learn how abolition, a commonly used but often misunderstood term, is both a vision and a practice for creating lasting and liberatory alternatives to our current imprisonment system. Participants will have an opportunity to hear directly from funders and organizers whose work is guided by abolitionist principles. This session will include a facilitated conversation amongst our speakers and an opportunity for funders to reflect and discuss their own practices. 



  • Rachel Herzing, Executive Director, Center for Political Education
  • Angie Junck, Program Director, Human Rights, Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director, Law for Black Lives
  • Fátima Alleván, Organizer, Survived & Punished 


This event is part of CCJFG's 2020 Funder Education Series designed to deepen understanding and engagement of terms commonly heard within the criminal justice field. Our goal is to support funders in aligning themselves with the principles, strategies, and vision of movements and communities fighting against prisons and criminalization, and for the liberation and dignity of system-impacted communities and all people.

Movement leaders from various organizations throughout the state will lead each session, and will utilize an intersectional framework in which to discuss topics through multiple lenses. The series will be accessible online and in person and open to all CCJFG members. Below are brief descriptions of each session. 

  • Prison Industrial Complex Abolition (March 20, 2020): A conversation amongst funders and organizers about abolition as both a vision and practice for creating lasting and liberatory alternatives to criminalization, punishment, and imprisonment.
  • Grassroots Organizing 101 (Date TBD): An exploration of grassroots organizing designed to give funders an understanding of what it takes to build community power, develop effective strategies and tactics, and win campaigns while resisting cooptation. 
  • Healing Justice (Date TBD): A discussion about the need to respond holistically to generational trauma through collective practices that promote resilience, wellness, and safety and build the foundation of strong movements and organizations.

No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and CCJFG members 

Register here. If you have any questions, contact  [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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