SURJ Presents Time Wise – Benefit for Quest for Democracy

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Acclaimed anti-racism author and educator Tim Wise will speak at a benefit to raise funds for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and All of Us or None‘s statewide mobilization to Sacramento on May 8th – Quest for Democracy Advocacy Day.

Wise has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He is the author of seven books, including his most recent, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America, and his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. His other titles include Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama; and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.

Wise will speak on The Great White Hoax: Racism, Divide-and-Conquer and the Politics of Trumpism, a presentation that explores the rise of Donald Trump and the way Trumpism reflects longstanding traditions of white racial resentment in America. By placing current politics in a historical context, this talk allows the audience to understand what is new, and not so new about the rise of Trump. Furthermore, this presentation documents the way in which Trumpism is rooted in a common and ignoble history in which monied elites have pitted white working class folks against people of color, while ignoring the real causes of economic and social pain felt by millions. From Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric to his calls for “law and order,” Wise lays bare the intellectual absurdity of the Trump phenomenon, and demonstrates conclusively the way in which it it tied to an implicit or even explicitly white nationalist worldview.

Tickets (available below) are sliding scale $10 – $50, no one turned away for lack of funds. Email with ticket requests or questions. All proceeds go to Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and All of Us or None to support the May 7 – 8 mobilization to Sacramento.

ACCESS NEEDS: This event is wheelchair accessible. If you have specific access needs, please email, and we’ll be happy to work with you to accommodate them.

We ask that attendees please refrain from wearing scented or fragranced body products or laundry detergent, to support access for people with chemical sensitivities. Please refer to this resource from the East Bay Meditation Center for more information on what that means. There will be a scent free section of seating offered.

April 18, 2017 at 7pm – 9pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
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2017 Quest for Democracy Advocacy Day!

Register HERE for our 2017 Quest for Democracy Advocacy Day!
May 7-8, Sacramento, CA

Every Spring, LSPC / All of Us or None organize a large-scale statewide lobby day in Sacramento for formerly-incarcerated people, our family members, and allied community leaders and activists. We gather to show our support for pending legislation that affects people that are impacted by incarceration, and to assert ourselves as leaders, experts, and contributing members of our communities.

We are asking that all organizations, particularly with members who have been previously incarcerated, to join us on May 7-8, 2017. Sunday will be an education and training workshop on our sponsored bills and on effective legislative advocacy. Monday will feature Action Teams visiting each legislator’s office to advocate in person, followed by a rally on the Capitol steps.

We are organizing buses from Northern and Southern California locations, as well as lodging for Sunday night.
We will provide more information as we organize.

Register HERE for our 2017 Quest for Democracy Advocacy Day!

If you have any questions, please contact manuel la fontaine: / 415-625-7051




May 9: Quest for Democracy Day 2016

Multi-generational role play from advocacy training at Quest for Democracy Day 2015

Multi-generational role play from advocacy training at Quest for Democracy Day 2015

Every spring, Formerly Incarcerated People, their families, friends, allies & comrades are ALL invited to join our Annual Formerly Incarcerated People’s Quest For Democracy Advocacy Day at the California State Capital! The day also provides an opportunity for all other people of good will to come out and support formerly incarcerated people in our fight for inclusion, and our determination to speak in our own voice.  We will make our voices heard on bills that directly relate to our capacity to thrive as human beings.

Quest for Democracy Advocacy Day helps formerly incarcerated people speak truth to power, regain our dignity, and make our communities a better place for all people. Afterwards we coordinate follow-up and relationship-building between training participants and legislators/staff.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If you are driving yourself or a group, there are several paid parking garages & lots nearby (Expect about $20 for the day).

If you need a ride, we are organizing ride-shares from across California as well as buses from certain locations:

Riverside bus: 3657 Lemon St. (Corner of Mission & Lemon) at 12 Noon on Sunday May 8th
Contact: Terrance Stewart (310) 579-1296 or

Los Angeles bus: 9512 South Central Ave La (A New Way of Life office) at 12 Noon on Sunday May 8th
Contact: Amber Rose  (323) 563-3575 or

SF Bay Area bus: Fruitvale Bart station at 7am on Monday May 9th
Contact: Manuel La Fontaine (415) 255-7036 x328 or

Stockton bus: 338 Market street (Fathers & Families of San Joaquin office) at 7:15am Monday May 9th.
Contact: Eduardo Crabbe (209) 941-0701 or

Buses will leave Sacramento at 4pm & return to original point of departure.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, as are legislative information & advocacy training.  Please leave weapons, alcohol, & all negativity at home. Bring comfortable shoes, your voice, & your passion to organize & advocate for current- & formerly incarcerated people & our families!

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Alex Berliner (415) 255-7042 or
Manuel La Fontaine (415) 255-7036 x328 or
Amir Varick Amma (415) 361-4692 or

Sacramento – 10th & L Streets, Sacramento, CA 95814 – View Map
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Whole group at end of Quest for Democracy Day 2015

Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People & Families Movement National Conference

The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People & Families Movement are having our first national conference, in Oakland, California.

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September 9-10, 2016

1 Hegenberger Road Oakland, CA 94621

FICPFM is a national coalition of organizations comprised of and led by formerly incarcerated people and the family members of those directly impacted by the punishment system, organizing and fighting against systemic discrimination, and for the full restoration of our civil and human rights.

Register at:

For more information please contact:
Aaliyah Muhammad
(844) 953-8368 (Toll Free)


LSPC Victory Party, Friday March 18!

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UC Hastings Sky Room, 100 MacAllister St., San Francisco

Come and celebrate a year of successes with LSPC. Light refreshment will be provided. Please RSVP to Tina at or 415-255-7037 ext. 320.

Message From the ED
Why We are Celebrating

By Dorsey Nunn
Dorsey Nunn_w black AOUON capI’ve been in the trenches of the movement to transform the criminal injustice system for 30 years, and moments like these are rare. People are talking publicly about the urgent necessity of ending mass incarceration. Electoral politics is shifting towards a more rational “smart on crime” approach, and away from the “tough on crime” mentality of the past few decades.

LSPC has also had some incredible victories this past year. All of Us or None’s Ban the Box movement achieved success at the federal level, when President Obama banned the box for federal employers. In response to advocacy by multiple delegations of formerly incarcerated leaders, the federal government now refers to us as “formerly incarcerated people.”

We won the right to vote for people under post-release supervision – so 60,000 people who were previously denied are now eligible to vote. And after years of struggle and the settlement of our class action lawsuit last year, a thousand people will be released from isolation cells.

So let’s take a moment to breathe and celebrate what we – LSPC and all of us in this movement – have accomplished in 2015. These successes mean that there are people who stand a greater chance at getting a job, who are able to vote for a school board representative, and who are finally able to touch their loved ones.

Our Victory Party will be this Friday, March 18, 6-8pm, at the Hastings Sky Room in San Francisco (more info in calendar below.) Hope to see you there!

Reforming the Criminal Justice System – Town Hall

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Wed Oct 21, 2015; 5pm – 8pm

Organized by the Alameda Labor Council.
The reality of mass incarceration brings irrevocable harm to working people. Everyday across America, highly qualified men and women on the job hunt are finding their paths blocked because of an arrest or conviction from the past. Men, women and children who enter our criminal justice system, lose their ability to work and live, and their rights are stripped away.

This expensive system costs taxpayers 75 billion dollars a year and consistently, working people see their tax dollars put into jails instead of schools, housing, better transportation and a cleaner environment. As the number of people incarcerated grows and prisons get overcrowded, and as private prisons put profits over justice, the working conditions of the people who work in the criminal justice system becomes increasingly dangerous, unsafe and many times life-threatening.

Regrettably, our criminal justice system is targeting and devastating communities of color and the racial disparity is undeniable.

Since the labor movement represents workers in the criminal justice system as well as members of the communities most affected by incarceration, we are positioned to address the unfairness and injustices built into this system.

This is why we invite you to join us in a town hall conversation on Criminal Justice Reform! We will hear from experts on this issue, share ideas and discuss solutions together with our community members!”

Moderators for Town Hall:

  • Doug Moore, UDW Executive Director, California Labor Federation Vice President & AFSCME International Vice President
  • Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Alameda Labor Council, Oakland, CA


  • Manuel La Fontaine (All of Us or None / LSPC)
  • Robert Rooks (Californians for Safety and Justice)
  • Roxanne Sanchez (President of SEIU 1021)
  • Arnold Perkins, Eddy Zheng (Asian Prisoner Support Committee)

Allen Temple Baptist Church – 8501 International Blvd Building D, Oakland, CA 94621