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CCJFG: Closing DJJ the Right Way | Part 2

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
3:00pm - 4:30pm

In September 2020, Governor Newsom signed SB 823, a historic bill that will lead to the closure of California’s Division of Juvenile Justice. The legislature is currently working on the development of the Office of Youth and Community Restoration is currently guiding each of California’s 58 counties to develop rehabilitative and healing programs that are alternatives to youth imprisonment, while also allocating grants to each county to fund these services.

We want an end to youth imprisonment, however, the implementation of SB 823 poses many complications. While activists, advocates, and directly impacted community members create plans for community-based services and the distribution of resources, the Chief Probation Officers Department and other state actors object to these shifts and are positioning themselves as the entity to control the resources. Meanwhile, prosecutors continue to transfer youth directly into the adult prison—a tactic that negates the intention of SB 823 and the years of organizing it took to get here.

Hear from youth justice organizers across the state currently developing implementation plans for their counties; we will discuss the challenges and needs of organizers, advocates, and people most directly impacted by this legislation.

 

Register for Part 1

Closing DJJ the Right Way: Register >

 

Speakers

We will announce speakers soon.

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and CCJFG members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & CCJFG members: Register online (you must log into your account to register).
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [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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CCJFG: Closing DJJ the Right Way | Part 1

Monday, February 8, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm

In September 2020, Governor Newsom signed SB 823, a historic bill that will lead to the closure of California’s Division of Juvenile Justice. Legislature is currently working on the development of the Office of Youth and Community Restoration (OYCR) which will be the agency responsible for overseeing local youth justice systems. OYCR will also be responsible for ensuring that each of California’s 58 counties develop rehabilitative and healing programs that keep youth in their communities while also allocating grants to each county to fund these services. 

We want an end to youth imprisonment, however, the implementation of SB 823 poses many challenges. In order to ensure effective implementation of this legislation, each County is required to convene a subcommittee of system stakeholders and at least three community representatives. In many counties these subcommittees are far from being developed and in some, community representatives are being handpicked. Furthermore, the Chief Probation Officers of California, who were opposed to SB 823, are positioning themselves to control the plans for facilities and placement and funding. Meanwhile, prosecutors continue to transfer youth directly into the adult prison—a tactic that negates the intention of SB 823 and the years of organizing it took to get here. 

Join us for a two-part series to learn more about SB 823 and what is happening right now to ensure that the community gains control of the transformation of California’s youth justice system and how philanthropy can support closing DJJ the right way.

 

Register for Part 2

Closing DJJ the Right Way Webinar Series: Register >

 

Speakers

Frankie Guzman 

Attorney, Director, Youth Justice Initiative

Attorney Francis (“Frankie”) V. Guzman is the Director of the California Youth Justice Initiative at the National Center for Youth Law. Frankie leads a team of attorneys, policy advocates, and community organizers working to eliminate the practice of prosecuting and incarcerating children in California’s adult criminal justice system, reduce incarceration and justice system involvement, and increase developmentally-appropriate services in communities for youth.

Raised in a poor, mostly immigrant community plagued by crime and drugs, Guzman experienced his parents’ divorce and his family’s subsequent homelessness at age 3, the life-imprisonment of his 16-year-old brother at age 5, and lost numerous childhood friends to violence. At age 15, he was arrested for armed robbery and, on his first offense, was sentenced to serve 15 years in the California Youth Authority. Released on parole after six years, Frankie attended law school and became an expert in juvenile law and policy with a focus on ending the prosecution of juveniles as adults.

Through partnerships with community organizations and advocacy groups, Guzman has helped lead California’s effort to reduce the number of youths prosecuted as adults and serving time in adult prisons by passing legislation that established Youth Offender Parole Hearings, reformed Juvenile Transfer Hearings, and eliminated prosecutors’ direct file authority. More recently, Frankie helped lead statewide efforts to eliminate California’s practice of prosecuting 14 and 15-year-olds as adults, prohibit the incarceration of children under age 12 in the juvenile system, and secure approximately $60 million dollars to expand pre-arrest diversion programs and developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant community-based services for youth in CA.

Abraham Medina

Convener and Coordinator, California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice

Abraham Medina (he/him) currently serves as the convener, coordinator, and process holder of the California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice (CAYCJ). Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the National Youth Alliance on Boys and Men of Color (NYABMOC). Abraham left Mexico City when he was seven years old with his mother and younger brother as a result of domestic violence. Abraham and his brother were separated from their mother and crossed the U.S. border experiencing family separation and a form of child detention. Eventually, he reunited with his mother in the U.S. Abraham was undocumented until receiving DACA in 2013 and is in the process of becoming a U.S. Permanent Resident. Abraham grew up an undocumented person of color in the U.S., impacted by and working to transform the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline and the justice system as we know it, through Afro-Indigenous concepts, approaches, and models of justice. Due to being undocumented, Abraham was a day laborer and a roasted peanuts street vendor from age 13 to 14. His current focus as a convener is to cultivate transformative collective power for personal, community, and systems transformation.

Abraham earned his B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. In 2018, he also earned a master of Legal and Forensic Psychology from the University of California, Irvine studying under the guidance and direction of Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman and Dr. Ray Novaco.

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and CCJFG members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & CCJFG members: Register online (you must log into your account to register).
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [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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We're Just Getting Started! 2020 Post-Election Debrief with Movement Leaders

Monday, December 14, 2020
2:00pm - 3:15pm

Last month, California voters made history by passing several propositions and measures to restore rights and self-determination to communities impacted by incarceration, while also rejecting racist legislation that would have rolled back decades of progress in the movement against prisons and policing.

Join us for a post-election debrief with grassroots organizers who led us to these victories by building power in communities throughout the state. We will hear about the historic passing of Proposition 17, which will restore voting rights to people impacted by incarceration; how the defeat of Proposition 25 allows us to fight for real pretrial justice, what is on the horizon in Los Angeles County with the passing of Measure J and new District Attorney George Gascón and more. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be in partnership and dialogue with these amazing movement leaders!

 

Speakers

  • Eunisses Hernandez, La Defensa
  • Gina Clayton Johnson, Essie Justice Project
  • Brian Kaneda, Californians United for a Responsible Budget
  • Roger Perez, Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation (moderator)
  • Taina Vargas, Initiate Justice

Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online here
NCG & SDG members: here
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [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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Re-imagine LA: Dismantling Systemic Racism by Investing in Health, Housing, and Jobs

Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

In unprecedented times, we need historic measures. Measure J to Re-Imagine LA would set a national precedent, permanently investing billions of dollars directly toward the health, housing, and economic justice that our communities, particularly our communities of color, have been calling out for.  

Building off the incredible work of Black Lives Matter and Alternatives to Incarceration movements locally, cross-sector leaders in Los Angeles have come together to quickly place a charter amendment on the November 3 ballot to reallocate funding for community change and homelessness prevention. With just a simple majority vote, Measure J would permanently dedicate a minimum of 10% of unrestricted locally generated tax revenues in LA County to community services and alternatives to incarceration, creating a generational investment and beginning to realign the County’s budget to the values and priorities of its residents. Now a coalition of 100+ community organizations, justice leaders, and advocates across issue areas are coming together to pass Measure J. 

Join leaders from Re-Imagine LA and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to learn more about the Measure J campaign, how funders in any community can engage and invest in this precedent-setting measure in LA, and you can act locally to replicate the transformational impact of Measure J in your own community, if you are outside LA County.

Participation in this program is limited to private funders.

 

Speakers

•    Chris Ko, Managing Director of Homelessness & Strategic Initiatives (United Way of Greater Los Angeles) 
•    Eunisses Hernandez, Chair (Re-Imagine LA) & Co-Executive Director (La Defensa) 
•    Tommy Newman, Treasurer (Re-Imagine LA) & Senior Director of Impact Initiatives (United Way of Greater Los Angeles) 
 

PLEASE NOTE: This program is co-hosted with Funders Together to End Homelessness. Participation in this program is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Private funders who are members of SCG

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [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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CCJFG | Marijuana, Racial Equity and the Impact of New Laws on Black and Brown Communities

Friday, October 23, 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm

In 2016, California became the first state to legalize the sale and distribution of recreational cannabis through Proposition 64. This groundbreaking legislation aimed to heal the Drug Wars’ harmful impacts on communities of color and create revenue for a variety of social programs. Two years later, cannabis operations throughout the state have been established and are now declared as “essential businesses” during the pandemic. Meanwhile, local officials and governments have failed to invest in the economic security and healing of Black and Brown communities in order to help repair the decades of trauma, imprisonment, and poverty from racialized marijuana-related arrests. Instead, we have seen the proliferation of an industry that benefits largely white and wealthy investors while promoting an increase in law enforcement.

In this webinar, leaders in the field of marijuana equity will describe this issue in detail, including recent reports on tax revenue and marijuana-related arrests in California. We will learn about the opportunities and the considerable progress already made to move millions of dollars to communities of color through state grant programs. We will learn about the necessity of applying a social equity analysis and reparations framework to the issue, as well as how funders can support local grassroots organizing for justice reinvestment, as well as ending mass incarceration fueled by cannabis policies and industries.


Speakers

  • Malaki Seku Amen, California Urban Partnership
  • Jim Keddy, Youth Forward
  • Sarah-Michael Gaston, Youth Forward
  • Flojaune G. Cofer, Public Health Advocates

 

Partnership

 


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members.

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [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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Our Freedoms are Tied Together: Incarceration & Immigration in California

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Each year, thousands of noncitizens are released from state prisons and jails, often immediately detained by ICE where they face deportation, a process that the Governor and County Sheriffs have the direct power to halt. This is one of the countless connections between local and state incarceration and the criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants. In order to better understand these connections and how they further mass criminalization, we must adopt a power analysis and intersectional framework that exposes the deep and insidious ways these systems reinforce and build off one another.

In this webinar, our speakers will provide an overview of the organizing happening at the intersections of criminal justice, immigrant rights, and prison abolition in California. We will hear directly from people who have survived both state prison and ICE detention, as well as grassroots organizers who are leading individual freedom campaigns, and local fights against the repurposing of empty jail beds to expand immigration detention and local jail fights that involve intersections between mass incarceration and immigrant detention. This webinar is designed to support philanthropists to deepen their analysis of racial justice, power, and intersectionality as a way to support this critical community defense work that demonstrates just how intimately our freedoms are tied together.

 

Speakers

Peejay Ai, Asian Prisoner Support Committee

Liyah Assefa, Survived & Punished

Diana Campos, Sacramento ACT

Angie Junck, Heising-Simons Foundation

Sandy Valenciano, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

 

Presented in partnership with:


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online here
NCG & SDG members: here
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [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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California Criminal Justice Funders Group 2020 Education Series: Grassroots Organizing

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
2:30pm - 4:00pm

What does it take to win in the fight to end prisons and criminalization? This year, we have seen historic victories from ending police contracts in Oakland’s schools to a plan to close the country’s largest jail facility in Los Angeles. These wins are the result of decades of organizing by communities directly impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex, often happening outside of the spotlight and without adequate funding. In the last session of CCJFG’s 2020 Funder Education Series, we will focus on grassroots organizing: what it entails and why it is central to movement building. We will hear directly from organizers throughout the state about key lessons, including how to prioritize healing and how to organize while incarcerated. We will learn about the importance of funding all aspects of grassroots organizing,from meeting people’s basic needs to base building to policy wins, and how philanthropy can most effectively support the longevity and dignity of movements centered on whole people.  

Please join the California Criminal Justice Funders Group for our 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 open to all CCJFG members. 

 

Past Sessions

Prison Industrial Complex Abolition: A conversation amongst funders and organizers about abolition as a vision and practice for creating lasting and liberatory alternatives to criminalization, punishment, and imprisonment. You can watch this webinar here.

Healing Justice: A conversation about healing justice as a framework and practice within organizing and philanthropy that addresses the need for a systemic view of healing and practices to promote resilience and safety and build the foundation for strong movements and organizations. View the webinar here

 

Moderator

Alex Tom, Center for Empowered Politics

 

Speakers

Tamu Jones, The California Endowment 

Abraham Medina, California Alliance For Youth and Community Justice 

Romarilyn Ralston, California Coalition for Women Prisoners

 

Presented in partnership with:


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online here
NCG & SDG members: here
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [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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