The Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition is a powerful community of directly impacted cis and trans women and young women, trans men and young men, and gender-expansive people working together and building a movement to support each other, shift power and lead local and statewide systems and policy changes. We currently have 14 active chapters around the state of California (please see list below).
If you are formerly incarcerated or systems-involved and identify as a cis/ trans woman or young woman, trans man or young man, or a gender-expansive person, please join us! Sign up here for more info and to join the Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chuco’s Center 1725 S. Central
Every other Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm
Coming in March 2020!
Linda Gomez425 Atlantic Ave
3rd Saturday 3:00-5:00 pm
Community Coalition South Central
8101 Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
3rd Saturday 11:00 -1:00pm
765 The City Drive South, Suite 360
3rd Wednesday of month 6:30-8:30 pm
Bayside Midtown, 2225 19th St
3rd Friday of month 6:30-8:00 pm
freedom 2030 campaign
Our decade-long campaign led by formerly incarcerated and systems-involved cis and trans women and young women, trans men and young men and gender-expansive people toward the ultimate goal of ending incarceration and criminalization of our families and communities, and replacing both with transformative justice processes and community-based alternatives.
Freedom 2030 is a ten-year political organizing, culture change and legislative campaign led by formerly incarcerated and systems-involved people that will:
Identify specific legislation packages that can effectively break cycles of poverty, violence, exploitation, criminalization, and incarceration;
Engage in a people’s budgeting process towards reallocation of funds from incarceration and criminalization to true community safety, and transformative justice;
Engage public officials, artists, academics and community leaders as champions;
Use a comprehensive communications strategy; and
Build a statewide movement toward decriminalization, decarceration, and transformative justice.
long term goals
These priorities were established at the March 2019 Sister Warrior Freedom Coalition Policy Summit in Oakland, California where over 150 formerly incarcerated cis and trans women and young women, trans men and young men and gender-expansive people came together:
Investment in systems-impacted cis and trans women and young women, trans men and young men, and gender-expansive people and our families, loved ones and communities, including preventing separation and supporting reunification.
Ending the profiting off of incarceration and the criminal legal system.
Ending mandatory minimums and stopping enhancements.
Creating oversight and security methods that keep people safe and protect their human rights while incarcerated and in systems.
Replace existing systems and legislation with those that uphold and are accountable to the Freedom Charter and to those most-impacted.
On March 9, 2020, 500 formerly incarcerated and systems-involved cis and trans women and young women, trans men and young men, gender-expansive people, and our allies convened at the California State Capitol to call for the decriminalization and decarceration of our families and communities. Please watch the video from the event!
The event is the launch of Freedom 2030, a 10-year organizing, culture change and legislative campaign spearheaded by Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition to end the incarceration of cis and trans women and young women, trans men and young men, and gender-expansive people in California. The Freedom Charter, created at the Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition founding convening in February 2018 and updated August 2019, will guide our movement to end the mass incarceration and criminalization we experience and of our children, families and communities.
Together we will raise our voices, show our strength and power, and call for the freedom of our loved ones. Attendees will hear from directly impacted people, advocacy and elected leaders and participate in legislative visits and community building.
Adopted at the Sister Warrior Freedom Coalition founding convening in Oakland, California on February 2018, updated August 2019.
For the decriminalization and decarceration of cis and trans women and young women, trans men and young men, and gender-expansive people & (re)unification with our children and our families
WE, cis and trans women and young women, trans men and young men, and gender-expansive people who are formerly and currently incarcerated, systems-involved and sexually exploited, declare to the United States and the world:
that the prison, policing and family separation systems are rooted in histories of the colonization of indigenous people, slavery, Jim Crow laws and continue to reflect racial apartheid in the United States;
that these and other public systems are designed to maintain this systemic inequality and that poverty is a key driver of incarceration, family separation and recidivism;
that cis and transgender women and girls and GNC people experience gender-based and sexual violence not only by individuals but by these and other systems that are rooted in histories of slavery, colonization, patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia;
that we are punished for the ways we survive the abuse, violence and exploitation we experience and the historical trauma and oppression of our families and communities;
that family separation is a continuation not a healing of these histories;
that our families and communities have been denied our humanity, basic human and civil rights and healing;
that only a society based on equity, transformative justice, the recognition of full human rights, the protection of and access to basic needs for all – without discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality, class, immigration status, ability or age and that seeks to reverse intergenerational poverty and historic trauma – can call itself truly democratic and free, and realize liberty and justice for all.
And therefore we, CIS AND TRANS WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN, TRANS MEN AND YOUNG MEN, AND GENDER-EXPANSIVE people who are formerly and currently incarcerated, systems-involved and sexually exploited and our loved ones, families, communities and allies adopt this Freedom Charter.
Those most impacted by incarceration and systems of criminalization and family separation are the rightful leaders of the movement to realize its goals.
We pledge to strive together until the decriminalization and decarceration of all CIS AND TRANS WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN, TRANS MEN AND YOUNG MEN, AND GENDER-EXPANSIVE PEOPLE and our loved ones and communities is achieved and our families – as we define them – are (re)united.
This includes securing the following rights:
We have the right to self-determination. We must determine what success looks like for ourselves. We have the right to lay our own paths free from punitive and controlling systems and the right to input and voice around all services impacting our lives.
We have the right to be free from sexual, gender-based and physical violence, abuse and exploitation perpetrated by our families, partners, community, the state, & institutions. We have a right to defend ourselves from intimate, community, state and institutional violence.
We have the right to make our own medical care decisions and to access quality medical care and on-demand preventative care for our physical, mental, emotional, dental, vision and reproductive health.
We have a right to access cultural, holistic, and professional methods of healing to address the trauma we are exposed to while we are involved in the system and when we leave them. We have the right to access healing prior to coming into contact with systems and as a key to preventing systems-involvement. We should not be punished for our pain, exploitation and trauma. We need healing, not punishment, when we self-medicate for our trauma & grief.
We have the right to be treated with dignity regardless of our legal or immigration status, past history of arrest or incarceration, or classifications given by the state or institutions. We have the right to redeem ourselves, to break the cycle of abuse and violence. We have the right to heal, to own and make amends for our mistakes, and the right to resources and support to seek transformation on our own terms. We claim the right to be free from discrimination based on our own or intergenerational histories of arrest and incarceration.
We have the right to economic opportunities. In order to escape cycles of poverty, exploitation, incarceration and abuse, we need employment and other economic opportunities that recognize our value, transferable skills and dignity.
We have the right to be declared free from any debt to the justice system and to our confidentiality when we have completed our time. We should have equal pay for our labor while inside to comparable work on the outside.
We have the right to access education, knowledge, and technology while incarcerated, as we re-enter, and move through systems that will allow for us to keep up with the world we anticipate returning to post-system-involvement.
We have a right to permanent, safe and affordable housing that does not feel like the institutions that have harmed us. We deserve homes where we can rest, be at ease and are safe, can raise our children and build our families. We have a right to be part of deciding our placement within jails, prisons, transitional housing, foster care and/or group homes, including transferring to other facilities or placements.
We have the right to access (touch, hear & see) our children, family and loved ones when we are in the systems that criminalize and control cis and transgender women and girls and GNC people. We have a right to inform who cares for our children while we are unable to due to incarceration, homelessness, poverty or other conditions. We have a right to get support and resources to stay connected to and reunite with our children as soon as we are able.
We have the right for our gender and sexuality to be respected and to be free from limiting conceptions of masculinity and femininity and the gender binary, to access hormone therapy and not have it withheld, to express our gender and sexuality while inside systems, on the streets and in our homes without fear of homophobic and transphobic discrimination, harassment and/or assault.
We have the right to be consulted when institutions want to create, revise and eliminate policies, legislation, rules or laws that will impact the way we experience systems. We are best positioned to identify alternatives to incarceration, criminalization and family separation. We should have insight over the systems and institutions that most impact us.
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