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.

FAQs

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 terrance@icucpico.org

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 amberrose@anewwayoflife.org

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

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

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 alex@prisonerswithchildren.org
Manuel La Fontaine (415) 255-7036 x328 or manuel@prisonerswithchildren.org
Amir Varick Amma (415) 361-4692 or amir@prisonerswithchildren.org

When
Where
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

HILTON OAKLAND AIRPORT
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: http://2016ficpfm.eventbrite.com

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

 

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 tina@prisonerswithchildren.org 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

Panelists:

  • 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)

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

Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement, Western Regional Conference in Oakland, CA


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Sunday – September 20, 2015
9 – 5 PM
Monday – September 21, 2015
9 – 4:30 PM

Oakstop
1721 Broadway St.
Oakland, CA 94612

From Civil Rights to Prisoners Rights, The fight for our Human Rights continues!

Formerly incarcerated and convicted people, our families, community leaders, elected officials and government employees will come together to strengthen our relationships and work towards making change. How do we change discriminatory laws and the negative perceptions many people have about formerly incarcerated and or convicted people? It is our intention for people to listen to each other, hear what others have to say, tell our elected officials what we need from them regarding changing and making new laws and policies and hear what they have to saya bout what they are, have been and can do. We will make specific policy recommendations that we can collectively advocate for on both local and national levels. We will also be organizing various panels on Housing, Education, Employment, Families and more!

Come and be heard, learn about your rights and what we can do to make changes in the laws and our lives. Registration is free and family members are welcome! Check out the event flyer here and don’t forget to register as soon as possible on Eventbrite!

If you are in need of somewhere to stay during the conference, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children has reserved a limited number of rooms under a group rate at the Marriott Oakland City Center. To make a reservation click here or use the toll free number 877-901-6632 or the local number 800-454-1719. The group name is “Prisoners With Children”.

Directions from the Marriot to Oakstop can be found here.

AOUONIf you have any additional questions/ concerns contact:

All of Us or None
(415) 255- 7036 ext. 337

Join LSPC this Tuesday July 28 at Mad Props!

 

Mad Props is a night of art organized by Bay Peace. Some of the other sponsoring organizations are CURYJ, Ella Baker Center, Black Workers’ Center, and Urban Peace Movement.  Youth artists will be presenting and largely facilitating the space for storytelling and healing, and personal testimony. Together we will launch a campaign to repeal Prop 21!

There will also be resources for directly impacted community members. Our very own staff attorney, Endria Richardson, will be there to help out with Bay PeaceProp 47 information. You can learn more about LSPC’s work on Prop 47 here.

Check out the event flyer to the right for more information.

When?
 Tuesday, June 28
6:30 -10 PM

Where? 
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2289 International Blvd
Oakland, CA

People’s Movement Assembly at upcoming US Social Forum in San Jose, CA

All of Us or None will be hosting a PMA at the US Social Forum (USSF) this Friday, June 26, 2015. Join us for the 4- hour workshop on challenging the dominant narrative, including our society’s reliance of scapegoating poor, people of color and using prison as answers to social problems.

Another World is Possible, Another System is Necessary!

USSF General Information

The United States Social Forum is a movement building process organized by social justice activists from around the nation. The USSF aims to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the 
economic and ecological crosses that we are facing today. The USSF provides spaces to learn from each other’s experiences and struggles, share our analysis of the problems 
our communities face, build relationships, and align with our international 
brothers and sisters to strategize how to reclaim our world. Learn more about the history of the USSF here. 

PMA Information

The War on Perception: Challenging the Names They Call Us, The Economics, and The Bullets Killing Community Members.

When? January 26th 2015, 1 – 5pm
Where? St. Paul’s Sanctuary
405 S. 10th St
San Jose, CA 95112

We will be addressing the following questions:

  1. Who are the real perpetrators of violence, poverty, and injustices in America and abroad?
  2. Who has the most comprehensive strategies, tactics, and solutions towards building a more just and inclusive movement to interrupt Western Powers pursuit of World Dominance?
  3. How does our movement organize for political independence from the corporate and ruling class forces that oppress and kill us?

For more information about the PMA that All of Us or None will be hosting, check out our event flyer or visit the US Social Forum’s website.

For additional questions/ concerns, contact Manuel La Fontaine by phone: (415) 637-8195 or by email: manuel(at)prisonerswithchildren.org

 

Protest at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA this Monday, June 22

Apple LogoJoin LSPC and All of Us or None in the protest against unfair labor discrimination by Apple. LSPC is committed to the notion of welcoming people back into the community after their release from jail or prison; this means instituting fair hiring practices and opening up more opportunities for those with past convictions. You can learn more about LSPC and All of Us or None’s related work with the “Ban the Box” campaign here.

This protest is being led by Souljahs, a group dedicated to “helping oppressed people everywhere”. For more information about Souljahs or about the Apple protest, check out their “Apple Accountability” campaign website here or contact info(at)Souljahs.net

Monday, June 22nd – 11:30am to 1:15pm
Apple Headquarters
Corner of De Anza Blvd & Infinite Loop in Cupertino, CA

Background

Apple, one of largest corporations in America, often portrays itself to be a progressive company. For that reason, Apple’s recent actions on its large construction project, Apple Campus 2, are particularly hypocritical.

Apple required that union workers undergo criminal background checks and then caused these union workers to be fired if they had any felonies within seven years. Keep in mind, these workers were working on a construction project, not in Apple’s plant. Michael Theriault, president of Iron Workers Local 377 in San Francisco, reported that workers who make it to the top of the hiring board are now afraid to go to the Apple jobsite because they too may be fired and have to go back to the end of the line.

Apple’s “solution” was to state that they would treat each situation on a “case by case” basis. Apparently, Apple thinks it is okay to discriminate on a “case by case” basis?
This has to stop and it will.

Taking Action

  1. Protest Monday June 22nd to heighten awareness and shine a spotlight on Apple’s actions
  2. Hand Apple a demand letter stating that they must immediately halt this discriminatory process
  3. Call for a national boycott of all Apple products for 90 days unless Apple immediately halts its discrimination
  4. Additional actions as deemed necessary

In the News

Check out this article from the SF Gate for even more information about Apple’s discriminatory policy. SF Gate also published a follow up interview with one construction worker, Kevin Yip, who was disadvantaged by Apple’s policy.