Texas Advocates for Justice

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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.

Our Work

Texas Advocates for Justice is a community organizing and base-building program of Grassroots Leadership that unites individuals and families who are directly impacted by mass incarceration and criminalization in Texas. We believe no true, long-lasting change in the way our society deals with incarceration will be altered unless that change effort is led by those whose lives and communities have been directly impacted. We use our personal stories and direct experience with incarceration to build power and lead campaigns to transform the criminal justice system and build safe and healthy communities.

Contact

Statewide Coordinator, Annette Price: aprice@grassrootsleadership.org
Houston Organizer, Dianna Williams, dwilliams@grassrootsleadership.org

 

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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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