A Just East Bay:

Women and the Criminal Justice System

Donor Engagement Series 2019-2020

HOSTED BY THE RACE, GENDER, AND HUMAN RIGHTS FUND AND THE EAST BAY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The RGHR Fund and the East Bay Community Foundation’s special 3-part educational series offers donors thought-provoking, engaging opportunities to learn more about the criminal justice system’s impact on women and families. The series showcases the efforts of dedicated advocates and organizations working to advance a more just, humane world.  Together, we will learn more about the destructive consequences of mass incarceration on women (increased poverty, homelessness, intergenerational trauma, and separated families) and explore philanthropic strategies to create systemic change so that women and families can thrive. We warmly invite you to join us for these special learning opportunities.

The issues facing system-involved women are complex. Did you know…

    • California leads the nation in locking up women and spending billions on incarceration rather than on what women and children truly need to succeed, heal, and thrive.
    • Of the thousands of women incarcerated, two-thirds are imprisoned for nonviolent, non-serious offenses that would be better addressed outside the criminal/legal system.
    • Because more than 80% of incarcerated women are the primary caretakers of children, women’s imprisonment leads to families experiencing emotional, financial, housing, and health insecurity, which is especially detrimental to children. 
    • One in four women in the US has an incarcerated loved one, causing psychological distress and trauma along with financial and social hardships.

SESSION 1

AN INTRODUCTION: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM’S IMPACT ON WOMEN, GIRLS, AND FAMILIES
APRIL 4, 2019

Our series kicked off on April 4, 2019 with 50+ attendees participating in a thought-provoking evening with great food and terrific speakers who shared their wisdom and knowledge with EBCF’s community. We were fortunate to hear from Emily Harris (Ella Baker Center), Kim Carter (Time for Change Foundation), Dr. Monique Morris (National Black Women’s Justice Institute), and Deborah Drysdale and Anuja Mendiratta (RGHR Fund). The speakers encouraged the group to think beyond prisons and the punitive criminal legal system to what women and girls really need to heal, succeed, and thrive. The engaged room expressed a great deal of interest in the content shared, and came away with a clearer understanding about how the carceral system hurts women and girls. The RGHR Fund hopes that this will translate into increased donor investments and engagement in criminal justice reform issues. Read the event recap.

SESSION 2

A DYNAMIC DAY OF FIELD VISITS TO EAST BAY ORGANIZATIONS FOCUSED ON WOMEN AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Through an engaging day in the field, we will get to know some of the East Bay’s most tireless and visionary advocates for justice: Safe Return Project, California Coalition of Women Prisoners, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Time for Change Foundation. Together, we will learn about the issues facing currently and formerly incarcerated women, and meet with an amazing set of advocates and formerly incarcerated women who are working to advance justice by lifting up the voices, wisdom and leadership of those most impacted by the criminal justice system. 

The event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Natalie Torres-Rosas at ntrosas@eastbaycf.org. More information can be found here.

This event is co-sponsored by the Akonadi Foundation and the California Criminal Justice Funders Group

SESSION 3

VISIT A WOMEN’S PRISON FOR A POWERFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH DIRECTLY IMPACTED WOMEN
DATE TO BE SELECTED

Join us in early 2020 for a powerful and unique opportunity to visit a women’s detention facility, speak with incarcerated women about their lives, learn the reality about conditions inside, and gain a wider understanding of the complex drivers of incarceration and the solutions needed to transform the system. We will explore what donors can do to support changes. Please be on the lookout for a save the date for this event!

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Sponsors:

The Race, Gender, and Human Rights (RGHR) Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation promotes racial and gender justice by challenging mass incarceration in California. Since its inception in 2002, the Fund has invested over $5 million to support criminal justice reform. The Fund focuses on women and families, prioritizes the leadership of formerly incarcerated people and strategically invests in efforts that build the criminal justice reform movement. To learn more about the RGHR Fund, please contact Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Anuja Mendiratta, at amendiratta@eastbaycf.org or visit ebcf.org/rghr.

The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) partners with donors, social movements, and the community to eliminate structural barriers, advance racial equity, and transform political, social, and economic outcomes for all who call the East Bay home.

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