Texas Advocates for Justice

Mission Statement

Texas Advocates for Justice is on a mission to end the criminalization of our communities, to break down barriers to reentry from jail and prison in Texas, and to demolish the legacy of racism in the criminal justice system. TAJ unites formerly incarcerated individuals, their families, people of all faiths, and allies to build safe and resilient communities through organizing, leadership training, and connections to community resources.

Declaración de Misión

Los Defensores de Tejas por la Justicia está en una misión para poner fin a la criminalización de nuestras comunidades, para romper las barreras de la reentrada de la cárcel y las prisión en Texas, y para demoler el legado del racismo en el sistema de justicia criminal. TAJ une a los individuos que han estado encarcelados, sus familias, personas de todas las religiones, y aliados para construir comunidades seguras y resilientes a través de la organización, capacitación en liderazgo, y conexiones a recursos de la comunidad.

Our Work

We believe that people who have been directly affected by incarceration, together with their families, should lead the movement for change in Texas. That’s why we offer intensive community organizing trainings, designed to build on the expertise, experience, and powerful commitment of our members. Graduates of our training become members of our action network where we put our training into practice and advance our mission to end the criminalization of our communities.

Nuestro Trabajo

Creemos que las personas que han sido afectadas directamente por el encarcelamiento, junto con sus familias, deben liderar el movimiento para el cambio en Tejas. Es por eso que ofrecemos entrenamiento intensos de la organización comunitaria, diseñados para construir sobre el conocimiento, la experiencia y fuerte compromiso de nuestros miembros. Los graduados de nuestro entrenamiento se convierten en miembros de nuestra red de acción donde ponemos nuestra capacitación en práctica y avanzar en nuestra misión de poner fin a la criminalización de nuestras comunidades.

Upcoming Leadership Trainings

Próximo Entrenamientos de liderazgo


 

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Sep 27, 2016
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The Daily Texan

Activists gather to address additional funds for Travis County Jail

Criminal justice advocates gathered Friday at the Travis County Commissioner’s Court to call on officials to scale back the $2.4 million in funding allotted to hiring 36 additional correctional officers for the county jail.

Grassroots Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting mass incarceration, led a press conference at the commissioner’s court where advocates emphasized the need to fund programs that could potentially keep people out of jail.

“Our goal here today is to demand that before voting to allocate more resources to jail staff, that the county commissioners and other local policy-makers prioritize funding community-based services that address the root causes of mass incarceration in our community,” Grassroots Leadership member Jorge Renaud said. Read more about Activists gather to address additional funds for Travis County Jail

Sep 23, 2016
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Austin American-Statesman

Criminal justice activists want Travis County to lower jail population

“Our jails aren’t treatment centers, but when we look at the population of our jails, the vast majority of them have substance abuse issues, mental health issues. These are things that we as citizens of Austin and Travis County need to prioritize our tax dollars on effecting in the community by prevention, by treatment,” said Reggie Smith, Texas Advocates for Justice representative. “This is something that is being overlooked so we’re, by default, utilizing our jails as treatment centers.” Read more about Criminal justice activists want Travis County to lower jail population

Formerly incarcerated people, criminal justice reform advocates call on Travis County to lower jail population, address mass incarceration crisis

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Today, formerly incarcerated people, their loved ones, and criminal justice reform advocates called on the Travis County Commissioners Court to address rising incarceration rates at the Travis County Jail.   Read more about Formerly incarcerated people, criminal justice reform advocates call on Travis County to lower jail population, address mass incarceration crisis

FRIDAY: Formerly incarcerated people, criminal justice reform advocates to call on Travis County to lower jail population

WHAT: Press conference and testimony in front of Travis County Commissioners Court

WHO: Texas Advocates for Justice, formerly incarcerated residents, and criminal justice reform advocates

WHEN:  Friday, September 23rd — Press conference at 8:30 a.m. and testimony begins at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Travis County Commissioners Court, 700 Lavaca St., Austin, TX, 78701. Read more about FRIDAY: Formerly incarcerated people, criminal justice reform advocates to call on Travis County to lower jail population

Help fund a crucial training in Austin, Texas!

We need your help! Grassroots Leadership needs to raise $12,000 before July 15th to fund our upcoming Texas Advocates for Justice organizing training in Austin.

                                            

Our goal is to bring together 30 formerly incarcerated people — Austin community members who have been locked up in jails, prisons, or immigrant detention centers — and their loved ones to be leaders in the movement to end mass criminalization in Texas.  Read more about Help fund a crucial training in Austin, Texas!

May 24, 2016
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The Establishment

Inside The Fight To Protect Face-To-Face Visitation For Prisoners

When you’re behind bars, “there’s something psychologically uplifting about knowing someone is coming to visit you,” Jorge Renaud explained.

Renaud is an organizer with Grassroots Leadership and Texas Advocates for Justice who spoke with me by phone from Austin, Texas. He told me that unless you’ve been incarcerated, you can’t understand the emotional impact of a visit from a friend or loved one. His voice vibrated with emotion as he recalled those desperately needed visits, his tone expressing more than words could say. Read more about Inside The Fight To Protect Face-To-Face Visitation For Prisoners

The year in review: 15 highlights of 2015 at Grassroots Leadership!

Massive march in Dilley, Texas to #EndFamillyDetention!

As we finish up 2015, we thought we’d reflect on the year at Grassroots Leadership.  We’ve had a terrific year of work and it couldn’t have been possible without the hard work and support of our staff, board, volunteers, allies, and donors.  Please consider making a donation to help our work continue in 2016.  Thank you, we couldn’t do it without you! Read more about The year in review: 15 highlights of 2015 at Grassroots Leadership!

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