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Divesting in Prisons/Policing and Investing In Communities - A Cross-County Conversation

Monday, December 11, 2017
11:30am - 2:00pm PST
The California Wellness Foundation
515 South Flower Street, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Join the California Criminal Justice Funders Group on December 11th for a cross-county conversation about the innovative work in Alameda and Los Angeles Counties to divest in prisons and policing, and invest in the communities. 

LA County has the nation's largest jail system - housing on average over 17,000 inmates daily, with nearly a billion-dollar jail budget. The Justice LA campaign, led by Patrisse Cullors (LA native and Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter movement), was launched to oppose LA County’s $2 billion spending plan to build a 3,800-bed replacement for the men's central jail and new women's jail in Lancaster. The campaign calls on county leaders to redirect funds intended for new jails to community services and other alternatives to incarceration. 

Cat Brooks, Co-Founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP), has spent years developing a rapid response model to state violence that implements community-led investigations into incidents of police violence and provides pro-bono legal, mental health, organizing and financial supports to families. As a result of this community organizing, the Oakland Police Department has had to, on several occasions, shift its original narratives about the victims. The model is being replicated across the Bay Area and the country. Additionally, APTP is working to develop and implement new models of community safety and recently ran (and won) a campaign to prevent an increase in the Oakland Police Department budget for the 2018-2020 budget cycle. 

At the state level, Patrisse and Cat created the Justice Team Network, a statewide coalition of rapid response organizations across California that build infrastructure to support victims and survivors of state violence and mass criminalization; advance local reinvestment strategies that will raise the visibility of the long history and current reality of state violence and mass incarceration, and advocate for the redirection of resources toward employment, education opportunities, and public-health based responses to drugs and violence.


This conversation will take place in dual meetings connected by video conferencing at the California Wellness Foundation in Los Angeles and Northern California Grantmakers in San Francisco. There is also an option for participants to participate on their own virtually through a webinar livestream.

Los Angeles

  • Patrisse Cullors, Justice LA 
  • Amber-Rose Howard, CURB 
  • Melanie Havelin (Facilitator), John M Lloyd Foundation


San Francisco

  • Cat Brooks, Anti Police-Terror Project 
  • Tim Silard (Facilitator), Rosenberg Foundation


No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for membership. For eligibility requirements, click here.

Register online here.


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