* UPDATE: Educator and Community Organizer Kean O'Brien will match all donations up to $15,000! These matching funds will go directly to healing resources for grief and trauma counseling. Thank you, Kean! Read Kean's statement below. *
We're raising $30,000 to support our base-building and rapid response work which includes outreach outside of the Los Angeles County jails, holding monthly wellness clinics for formerly incarcerated people and their families, and providing immediate support to families of those who have been killed in the jails whether that be organizing a vigil, setting up meetings with county officials, providing in-home wellness treatments, or creating a video and using our platforms to share their story.
Your donation today will go towards organizing materials such as flyers and iPads to conduct surveys and help provide services, wellness clinic supplies such as herbs, tea-making materials, acupuncture needles and accessories, grief and trauma counseling, and stipends for our volunteer healers, our rapid response fund, and producing a video to help tell the story of Juan Correa Jr. who was killed by deputies earlier this year in Men's Central Jail. Your donation will also support our ongoing campaigns to achieve subpoena power for the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission and to stop the construction of 2 planned jails while redirecting $3.5 billion into our directly impacted communities.
A word from our staff:
Patrisse Cullors, Founder and Board Member: "When my father was in LA County jail I didn't have an organization that I could call on to support me and the pain I experienced during my father's incarceration. I believe if Dignity and Power Now was around when I was a teenager I would have been able to get the resources I deserved to heal from the trauma of having an incarcerated parent. Donate today and support the children who are left vulnerable because of the police and prison state. "
Guadalupe Chavez, Health and Wellness Director: "Movement work has woken up to the need for healing justice. And we are one of the organizations that is leading this work in Los Angeles County. Donate now to help fund our wellness programs. Your money uplifts the hearts, bodies, and minds of the formerly incarcerated and their families. Without healing there is no justice."
Jayda Rasberry, Deputy Director of External Relations: "I do this work because it's necessary! Dignity and Power Now believed in me and my leadership at a time I didn't. The love, patience, and kindness I was shown is the reason I am dedicated to this work. Please support us by donating... Let's keep the love going."
James Nelson, Jail Fight Campaign Lead: "I was directly impacted by LAPD and LASD. That caused me to spend 29 years incarcerated for a crime that I didn't commit. The system has too many problematic officers that need to be exposed. Please support us in this fight to create safe and healthy communities."
Michele Infante, Civilian Oversight Campaign Lead: " As a formerly incarcerated person and a survivor of sexual assault, I am here today to expose all corruption within the sheriff's department and their jail walls. Century Regional Detention Facility is a modern day mass incarceration horror story for women – and your donation can help us stop it."
Melanie Griffin, Deputy Director of Health and Wellness: "It is so important that we address the devastating harm that incarceration produces. The most vulnerable in our society, Black, Brown, poor, queer and non-binary/trans are routinely targeted by state violence and put in cages. Funding the healing justice work we do at Dignity and Power Now allows us to support care, empowerment, and resiliency for our community."
A word from our matching donor:
Kean O'Brien, Educator and Community Organizer: "As a person coming from wealth and privilege I am committed to moving as much of these resources as I can to Black and Brown led abolition and social justice projects. I am honored to donate $15,000 in matching funds to Dignity and Power Now to support the healing justice resources they provide to families and people affected by incarceration and the families of victims of police brutality. I would like to name this grant after Kevin Michael Key, who passed away this year and was an artist and prison abolition organizer with Critical Resistance and also tirelessly organized on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Kevin Michael was committed to restorative justice and healing as a powerful tool for revolution."