#2BFREE TOP 10 OF 2018

In 2019, we are unveiling a strategic, multi-pronged plan for system transformation focused on the decriminalization and decarceration of young women, girls, and TGNC folks of color.   We are grateful for your continued support and hope that you will continue to stand with us as we work to co-create a world where we are all safe #2BFree.

In order to move forward, we must honor where we have come.  Please share with us in celebrating our accomplishments from the past year.

PRESENTING THE #2BFREE TOP 10 of 2018

ONE

Mobilized the community around the tragic death of Jessica St. Louis; including hosting a direct action with over 200 attendees, getting press statewide, and supported the introduction of the Getting Home Safe Act SB 42

TWO

Held the first ever Sister Warriors Freedom Academy, providing 4-days of intensive training in YWFC Framework to 20 formerly incarcerated and system involved women and girls across California, Minnesota, and New York

THREE

Launched in Los Angeles County (led by two Freedom Academy graduates) and in Santa Clara County

FOUR

Hosted a National Town Hall to End the Incarceration of Girls with over 150 attendees and findings in a national report

FIVE

Provided life skills training and support to 63 girls and young women in detention

SIX

Enrolled 19 young women into YWFC in-depth support and leadership programs post-release in San Francisco

SEVEN

Enrolled 9 students in high school or GED programming onsite at the YWFC

EIGHT

Graduated 3 young women from the Pilot Forward Fellows leadership program

NINE

Participated in the following conferences:  FICPFM in Florida; FreeHer In Oklahoma, the SF Mayors Beloved Community Forum in Aspen Colorado; Funders for Girls of Color in Puerto Rico, Amos Trust in London England, International Human Rights Funders Network in Mexico City.

We are now working with young women and girls around the world to develop a transnational Bill of Rights for System-Involved Women and Girls.

TEN

Completed the first comprehensive research study on system-involved girls and young women in the San Francisco Bay Area with our report findings to be released to the public on Feb 1, 2019

Audre Lorde said “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even if her shackles are very different than my own.”  

#2BFREE means recognizing that our freedom as women is dependent on the freedom of the most vulnerable among us those folks most impacted by violent, sexist, and racist systems.  When we collectively fight for the freedom of poor, system-involved women of color, we are all free.