Our Work

True safety is strong communities,
not policing & prisons.

Campaigns

Freedom Cities

#FreedomCities and #FreedomCampus builds intersectional movements at the city and campus level across the country to redefine safety.

Using a Invest-Divest approach, we work to move resources into community solutions that redefine safety beyond policing and prisons. This effort aims to create a Freedom Cities and Freedom Campuses that adopts policies to create real safety for our communities.

We center healing justice and restorative and transformative justice practices in order to advance safety and to heal from the harm we have done to each other. We are building healthy communities that can thrive.

 

“We are getting a model of safety from white people into our communities because they believe we should be pacified. But we we believe that we should be given the fair chance to live as as human beings and not second class citizens” -Albert Saint Jean

For more information visit the campaign website: FreedomCities.org

Prison Industry Divestment

The Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) describes the government, financial institutions, and corporations that use surveillance, policing, and incarceration “solutions” to address economic, social, and political problems.

For the last decade the #PrisonDivest campaign has worked to decriminalize, reparate and liberate communities working to abolish the PIC. We build Black and brown unity through campaigns that target the state and corporate players behind mass incarceration and by demanding reinvestment.

Our efforts live at the intersection of the criminal and immigration systems. We have intentionally built powerful partnerships with BDS, Indigenous Groups, and Climate Justice partners on Invest-Divest efforts.

“This [University of California] victory is historic and momentous. Divesting $25 million is a good step towards shutting down prisons by starving them of capital. This is a clear example of Black Power and what we can achieve when we work in unity. This victory belongs to the masses of our people languishing behind America’s mass incarceration regime.”- Yoel Haile

For more information visit the campaign website: PrisonDivest.com

Leadership Development

Black Leadership

Anti-Blackness is a global epidemic that is the basis for the oppression of all people under white supremacist imperialism and colonization. In a world that seeks to destroy and control all aspects of Black life we must create space to heal intergenerationally through community connection.

The Umoja Kijana Shujaa program is a summer program for Black liberation through youth leadership, offered every year in Portland, Oregon.

“We ask ourselves, our youth, our elders, our trainers- who do we dare to be if we didn’t have to fight all the time to simply survive? What would it look like, what would it take- to truly live, to truly believe that Black joy can exist for more than glimpses at a time?” -Tashia Harris Umoja Kijana Shujaa Steering Committee Member

To learn more about Umoja Kijana Shujaa, contact Babatunde Azubuike at babatunde@freedomtothrive.org

Healing Justice

Healing justice means working at the individual and communal level to address the trauma and pain that has happened not only to us but also the land, our people and our ancestors.

Saying yes to healing is a radical act of resistance that serves as a profound political exploration into liberation. It transforms us. We begin to embody resilience, creativity and imagination towards building a new world beyond the current systems of violence.

“It is possible to bring more of myself to most spaces – because I am more sure of who I am, where I am from, how I can contribute to the work, and who my community is. Freedom to Thrive made that possible because of how they view the whole person, and make sure to take care of the souls of each individual.”  – Emma Martinez, Freedom to Thrive training participant and co-facilitator

To learn more about our healing justice training programs, contact Babatunde Azubuike at babatunde@freedomtothrive.org

Ending Criminalization

Together, we are building whole-self spaces where movement leaders learn new skills, build relationships across race and gender, and are free to dream of a world without criminalization.

Our We Rise training offers a chance to connect personally with the ways criminalization has harmed our communities, begin to heal, and collectively envision something different. Participants learn concrete campaigning skills, and delve into the intersections of the criminal justice and immigration systems, developing a sense of shared struggle and long-term strategy to end them.

“We Rise made me more grounded in the idea that revolutionary organizing work has to be led by and center folks of color and colonized folks, especially women, trans and gnc people” – Michelle Ceballos, Freedom to Thrive training participant

To learn more about our training programs, contact Babatunde Azubuike at babatunde@freedomtothrive.org