From Prop 47 to Ban the Box, California voters and our state legislature have made it clear that no person should be denied the opportunity to work after he or she has served their time and paid their debts to society. Yet, in the state of California there are still over 4,000 barriers that exclude people with felony convictions from fully participating in society and in most cases permanently barring them from basic employment opportunities, exposing them to discriminatory housing restrictions, and in some cases excluding them from furthering their education.
It is to that end that Californians for Safety aims to build a broad multi-year agenda around and platform focused more on Second Chances. The goal of shifting to a deeper focus on Second Chances is to transition from solely Proposition 47 record change advocacy and implementation to a broader agenda focused on humanizing people with convictions and building a movement to eliminate barriers to stability and empowerment.
As part of our Second Chances Program we have partnered with Justice League CA to host a series of panel discussions about mass incarceration and the residual effect it has on local communities. We would love to have you join us for our first one in Stockton.
Join Carmen Perez, Co-Chair of the Women's March on Washington & Harvard Professor/Author Elizabeth Hinton, for a screening and discussion of Ana DuVernay's timely and compelling documentary "13TH" hosted by Rock of Hope City Church, Justice League CA & Californians for Safety and Justice.
Immediately following the screening we will be joined by:
Alex Johnson, Managing Director, Californians for Safety and Justice/ Former Executive Director, Children Defense Fund CA
Carmen Perez, Co-Chair of the Women's March on Washington/Co-Founder, Justice League NYC/ Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice
Professor Elizabeth Hinton, Assistant Professor, African and African American Studies at Harvard University/ Author, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
Tashante McCoy-Ham, Executive Director, OWL Movement/ Chapter Coordinator Crime Survivors, Safety and Justice