Black Lives Matter: Good at Raising Awareness — But That Won’t Reduce Police Killings

South Los Angeles this weekend, protests erupted over the LAPD killing of a black man long before there was enough information to say why, exactly, the officer had used lethal force or if he was justified in doing so. About two weeks earlier, the police killing of a black man in Charlotte, N.C., also triggered protests — again before all the relevant details were public. Both of the men who died were armed. It’s not hard to understand why some protesters act before all the facts are in. They … [Read more...]

Breaking Barriers in South LA: October 6th

Thursday, October 6th, 4 to 8 p.m. First AME Church, 2270 So. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles. Prop 47 • Employment Services • Healthcare Enrollment • Health Screenings • Voter Registration … [Read more...]

A Powerful Night Out for Safety & Liberation!

Justice Not Jails thanks all attendees and participating organizations for making last Tuesday's Night Out a stirring experience. We learned that despair and fatigue run deep but also that there is a dawning awareness that something is drastically wrong about thinking that heavy-handed law enforcement will deliver safety in communities ravaged by lousy schools, crumbling housing, and sky-high joblessness. We are asking all Night Out Attendees and all Justice Not Jails to take action this week … [Read more...]

SafetyIs: A Night Out for Real Talk About Structural Injustice

Why Better Policing Won't Save Us Tuesday, August 2 - 7 p.m. - Ward AME Church 1177 West 25th Street - Los Angeles Free and Open to All he LAPD and other police departments around the US are calling Tuesday night "A Night Out Against Crime." They basically want communities motivated by fear to rally around law enforcement. Our Night Out for Safety and Liberation is about hope and change, not fear. We invite YOU to be part of an open conversation on 40 years of deliberate disinvestment in … [Read more...]

A Night Out for Safety and Liberation

A Night Out for Safety and Liberation August 2 - 7 p.m. Ward AME Church 1177 W. 25th Street Los Angeles Free and Open to the Public RSVP Here! very year 30 million Americans participate in the annual “Night Out for Safety” sponsored by law enforcement and neighborhood watch groups. Their premise: “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” But what if what you are afraid of is law enforcement itself? This year Justice Not Jails invites the community to come together for a different kind of … [Read more...]

I Am An Immigrant: The Story of Our Nation

You and your organization are invited to join The California Endowment, FWD.us, The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Holman Church and Welcome.us for a very special night celebrating our rich immigrant tradition in Los Angeles. Join us for I Am An Immigrant: The Story of Our Nation on Saturday April 18th. On June 18th, immigrant families, artists and actors will share the stage at Los Angeles’ historic Holman United Methodist Church, telling the history of our nation’s rich immigrant … [Read more...]

Hold the Date: Learning Opportunity on June 28

Justice Not Jails encourages every local congregation to consider becoming what JNJ calls a "Beyond Bars" congregation. Beyond Bars congregations can choose to engage the issues of racism and mass criminalization in a way that fits their own interests and profile: sometimes by being supportive toward those going through the reentry process after being incarcerated but also through various kinds of policy advocacy, focused small group study, and other steps. On the morning of Saturday, May 28, … [Read more...]

Targeting the Poor: Asset Forfeiture, Bail Practices, and Debt Peonage

What: ACLU SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter Forum Where: Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Bvld., Pasadena When: Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30 to 9 p.m. RSVP Here Jess Farris, Policy and Advocacy Counsel at the ACLU of Southern California, with experience working to prevent and correct wrongful convictions. Michael Kaufman, Immigrant Rights Attorney at the ACLU of Southern California, leading a class action lawsuit against the federal government about its … [Read more...]

Leveling the Playing Field for California Children

Intergenerational Conversation with Women Leaders Thursday, March 31, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM California African-American Museum (CAAM) 600 State Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037 Please join Marian Wright Edelman and Children’s Defense Fund-California during Women’s History Month for an intergenerational conversation with women leaders who are making a difference for children and families in Los Angeles, California, and the United States.  Even during difficult times, these women are … [Read more...]

LAPD & Community: Overcoming Mistrust

Moderator: Sandy Banks, former LA Times columnist Panelists: Holly Mitchell, California State Senator, District 30 Kim McGill, Organizer, Youth Justice Coalition Kathleen Kim, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners Arif Alikhan, Director, LAPD Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016 LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL, MERRIFIELD HALL 919 ALBANY STREET (AT OLYMPIC BLVD) 9:30 am registration & refreshments – Program 10:00 - noon Limited seating, … [Read more...]