Staff

Dorsey Nunn_close-up with plantDorsey Nunn, Executive Director, has over thirty-five years experience working on prison related issues. He is the Co-Founder of All of Us or None, a project of LSPC started by formerly incarcerated people in 2003. He has been in the forefront of many social justice organizations from their beginnings, including Critical Resistance and the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. Dorsey has received numerous awards including the “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” by Nancy Pelosi and the “Senate Certificate of Recognition by Senator Jackie Speier. He is also a recipient of the Fannie Lou Hamer Award from the African-American studies department at UC Berkeley. Dorsey was sentenced to life in the California Department of Corrections when he was 19 years old. He paroled in 1981 and discharged from parole in 1984.

 

Hamdiya_staff photosHamdiya Cooks, Administrative Director, has over 25 years of experience working on  issues facing women in prison. Having served 20 years in the federal prison system, while incarcerated, Hamdiya led Muslim women prisoners in the struggle to honor their religious practices, including headgear and fasting. She was also a key organizer for Black Culture Workshops at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA for over 15 years. At LSPC, Hamdiya is responsible for day to day administrative duties. She is the former director of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. Hamdiya holds a B.A, degree from Columbia College. She published an article entitled “Islam in Prison” in Prison Legal News and an essay profiling the lives of three women in prison in the book Schooling the Generations in the Politics of Prison.

 

Azadeh Zohrabi, Development Director, rejoined LSPC in July 2017. As the daughter of two formerly incarcerated parents, Azadeh is intimately familiar with the intergenerational impacts of imprisonment. She also brings over 10 years of advocacy, research, policy, and organizing experience to her role. Her work has been cited by courts, attorneys, and scholars and has been featured in The New York Times, The Nation, The Guardian, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Ebony, Mother Jones and Al Jazeera. Azadeh previously worked at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights where she lead the organization’s national work and co-authored the report, Who Pays: The True Cost of Incarceration on Families. Prior to that she worked at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children as a Soros Justice Fellow, playing a leadership role in the movement to end solitary confinement in California. She is a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law.

 

Carol_Abolish solitaryCarol Strickman, Senior Staff Attorney, serves on our Family Unity Project, which monitors mother-infant prisons, opposes shackling of pregnant prisoners, and advocates for expanded prison visits for incarcerated parents, among other issues. She tracks pending legislation with the Policy Committee, drafts and updates our legal manuals, and works with interns and staff to reply to requests from prisoners and their families. In 2011, she helped lead LSPC’s response to the historic prison hunger strike; she continues to work to oppose solitary confinement through her role on the litigation team with the Center for Constitutional Rights in a recently filed class action suit, Ruiz v. Brown. Before coming to LSPC, Carol worked as a criminal appeals attorney for indigent clients. She graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1977.

 

Brittany_headshotBrittany Stonesifer, Staff Attorney, joined the LSPC staff in March 2014. Before starting her current position, Brittany worked with LSPC as a law student intern and later as a post-graduate legal fellow. Originally from Hawaii, Brittany is a graduate of Evergreen State College, where she focused on race, class, and gender studies, and UC Hastings College of the Law, where she specialized in civil rights and international human rights law. She currently co-teaches the “Lifelines” family law classes as part of LSPC’s Family Unity Project, advocates for reforms to systems of court-ordered debt, provides reentry legal assistance, and coordinates LSPC’s interns and volunteers.

 

Eva DelairEva DeLair, Staff Attorney, joined LSPC’s staff in February of 2016. Before starting her current position, Eva worked with LSPC as a law student intern and later as a post-graduate legal fellow. Eva’s primary responsibilities include legislative and administrative advocacy. Eva’s passion for working with and for people involved in our criminal-legal system began when she participated in a community garden inside California Institution for Women as an undergraduate student at Scripps College. From there, Eva went on to law school where she focused on criminal and prisoners’ rights law at Drexel University Law School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While in law school, she interned at the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project and the Philadelphia Defender Association.

 

Marcus McKinney, Policy Director, joined LSPC in June, 2017. A product of the Community Coalition of South Los Angeles, he was developed as a member of the organization’s youth component and was later hired as an Organizer. While at Community Coalition, he helped work on important issues that sought to improve the quality of life for South LA residents, such as ensuring students had access to basic college required courses and pushing for the decriminalization of South LA youth. He would go on to continue successfully fighting for these issues spending over a decade in the California State Legislature working for two Speakers of the Assembly and Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. Marcus has aided in the passage of landmark legislation that made California first in the nation to take an assertive step toward curbing racial profiling, removing barriers to state licensure employment opportunities for the formerly incarcerated, and providing greater state support and resources for our state’s foster youth. He is elated to have the opportunity to join Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and waging the fight for justice and equality as the organization’s Policy Director.

 

Sandra Johnson, 2017 Elder Freeman Policy Fellow, is a proud member of AOUON and is committed to advocating to end mass incarceration. Before coming to LSPC, Sandra studied Health Education and Social Science at City College of San Francisco. Sandra is originally from Monterey, California, and is the oldest of 6 siblings. She comes from a single parent household and her family was very impacted by mass incarceration: she served about 15 years in and out of the system, and her oldest brother is currently doing year 31 of a 17-to-Life sentence. She understands the pain and struggles of others that still have loved ones behind the walls and has dedicated herself to the fight to end the injustice of both being first locked up and then locked out upon release.

 

Joseph Johnson, 2017 Elder Freeman Policy Fellowhas over twenty years experience as a civil and criminal litigation paralegal. Joseph graduated with a certification degree in Paralegal from the University of North Texas in 2013 and has worked on cases in Santa Clara, Solano, San Joaquin, and San Francisco Counties. Joseph learn his legal skills while representing himself pro se, eventually earning release from an indeterminate life sentence after a 27 year (1982-2009) stretch in prison.  In addition, he conducts research and preparation for civil, criminal, and appeal cases involving Family and Domestic Relations Law, Paralegal Practices and Procedures Administrative Law,   Employment Law–including Real Estate and Property Law–Document production and drafting, Criminal and Civil Law and Procedure, Legal Research and Writing, Civil Litigation, General Civil Procedure, including Discovery, trial prep, evidence Legal Research.He also acquired a certification of identification of stones/diamonds from GIA Gemology Institution of America, and is a journeyman butcher for over 30 years. He acquired these skills by using his incarceration time wisely.

 

Harriette DavisHarriette Davis, Family Unity Project Coordinator, is an All of Us or None co-founder and health educator. As our Family Unity Project coordinator, she oversees our work with family law conferences and classes, as well as our policy work to support the maintenance of family bonds when a loved one is incarcerated. Formerly incarcerated herself, she has 30 years of experience doing advocacy for incarcerated people, starting with domestic violence issues. She is also a mother of 3, grandmother of 9, and a registered nurse. Harriette wants to be part of bringing solutions to an impacted population many don’t understand or sympathize with, and going beyond mere maintenance to wholeness and health. The key word for her in organizing work is “people.”

 

Aaliyah Muhammad, Organizer, has been at LSPC since  2005. She worked as the Intern Coordinator/ Community Liaison position until 2007 when she helped organize the Sacramento Chapter of All of Us or None. Aaliyah and many family members have been affected by the Prison Industrial Complex. She feels taking on the PIC is a David and Goliath battle, but the small victories are well worth the fight. Aaliyah travels around the Sacramento area to educate the public about the discrimination former prisoners face coming home from prison. She is currently enrolled in Paralegal Studies at University of Northern California Law School, Sacramento.

 

Dauras Cyprian, Organizerspent 26 years inside the system. Released one year ago, he has hit the ground runningenrolling in SF State University through Project Rebound as a Junior majoring in Social Work. Before joining LSPC in July2017Dauras worked in Restorative Justice for the Healing Justice Program. Inside, Dauras trained as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, worked as a Peer Educator, and aa Literacy Tutor helping others learn basic math, reading, and computer skills. He also co-authored Gang Awareness Recovery for Turning Point.

 

 

DoloresDolores Canales, Organizer, has become a strong and compassionate advocate and spokesperson for incarcerated peoples and their families. Her passion is rooted in her own experience being formerly incarcerated for 20 years and witnessing the ongoing imprisonment of her son in solitary confinement for 15 years. She was instrumental in co-founding California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC), a collective of family members that rose in protest of California’s conditions of confinement in Security Housing Units (SHU).  In 2013 Dolores received the Family Unity Award by Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), and in 2014 she was awarded the Soros Justice Fellowship for the Family Unity Network (FUN).

 

Calvin McRay, AOUON Youth Organizer, began working for social justice during his senior year at Oakland Tech High School, working with Oakland Community Organization in a door-to-door “Get Out The Vote” campaign. He joined Californians for Justice as an actor in a play advocating the end homophobic bullying in schools, and canvased East Bay neighborhoods for the “No On 8” campaign. In addition to youth organizing with AOUON, Calvin is a member of the DetermiNation Group at United Roots in Oakland. A musician & actor, Calvin produces rap tracks and creates short films and webisodes. 

 

Tina Nunn

Tina Nunn, Executive / Program Support Assistant, joined the LSPC family in February 2015. Before coming to LSPC Tina worked in the customer service field for 17 years for companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Xilinx. Her life has been strongly affected by her mother and many family members being imprisoned. It has always been a desire of hers to be of service to those who are in need. She is honored to be a part of such a great organization. A mother of two daughters and grandmother of two grandchildren, in her spare time Tina loves to fish, take long walks and participate in 5K runs.

 

Errol Veron, Administrative Assistant, joined LSPC’s staff in April 2017.  Prior to LSPC, Errol was in the Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) program, where his interest and passion to help individual and or communities in need were heightened.  Due to his educational background–BS in Business Administration from University of Phoenix–and 20 plus years of work experience in Finance & Accounting, BOSS entrusted him to mentor, teach and or coach formerly incarcerated patrons that were in the program to improve their chances of getting employment. His accomplishments with BOSS lead to being asked to be part of the navigator training program that was facilitated by BOSS and Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC). He is the father of two young adult boys, and hopes to be a grandfather sometime soon. In his leisure time Errol enjoys photography and gardening with his wife of 37 years and counting.

 

Mark FujiwaraMark Fujiwara, Communications Coordinator, started interning at LSPC in 2014, joined the Development Team in late 2015 before taking over Communications and Media in May 2016. A Bay Area native, Mark earned a B.A. in English at UCLA, an M.F.A. in Poetics at New College of California, and an advanced degree in Penal Studies from Cal State San Quentin. Having experienced the mass incarceration system firsthand and seen the traumatic effect on families, Mark is committed and honored to work at LSPC and All of Us or None to help other formerly incarcerated people and families and dismantle the prison-industrial complex to the point so the only “pun”ishment is his corny wordplay. When not watching soccer on TV or at Avaya Stadium as a San Jose Earthquakes season ticket holder, Mark loves to play soccer with his son and daughter, read soccer books, write soccer articles, and attempt to organize an All of Us or None soccer team.