The violence of the criminal justice system continues to injure people beyond their initial contact with police, to incarceration to the collateral consequences that prevent people from fully exercising their citizenship such as voting to employment and etc. For us, the connection of marching in the streets to oppose police violence, to standing with the community in the courtroom to challenge mass incarceration to building communities’ capacity to create the programs, policies and practices that foster community safety, joy and stability, go hand in hand. And we recognize that any effort to change the system, must be led by the very people most impacted by the harm. That is why we have partnered with the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls and the Silicon Valley De-Bug to provide Participatory Defense in Mississippi and throughout the South. Led by the very families whose loved ones are facing charges in the system, participatory defense is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. It is a model that has been developed in the last eleven years in San Jose, CA. Since then, Silicon Valley De-Bug has shared the model and participatory defense is being implemented in various cities across the country, including now in Mississippi.
To learn more about how you can join this movement in Mississippi, email us at email@example.com or call 601.885.3240. Below are our current Participatory Defense Campaigns.