On March 9, 2020, 500 formerly incarcerated and systems involved girls, women and TGNC people and our allies convened at the California State Capitol to call for the decriminalization and decarceration of our families and communities.

California State Capitol, Sacramento, March 9, 2020: Young people leading the way to freedom, justice and decriminalization.

Over 500 formerly-incarcerated sisters & siblings, their families and allies gather at the Capitol

On March 9, 2020, over 500 formerly-incarcerated, systems-involved sisters and siblings, their families and allies came together to launch Freedom 2030, a 10-year organizing, culture change and legislative campaign spearheaded by Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition to end the incarceration of girls, women and TGNC people in California. The Freedom Charter, created at the Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition founding convening in February 2018 and updated August 2019, guided the demands and legislative visits for the day as part of the larger movement to end the mass incarceration and criminalization we experience and of our children, families and communities.

Together we raised our voices, showed our strength and power and called for the freedom of our loved ones. Attendees heard from directly impacted people, advocates and elected leaders on the stairs of the Capitol, attended a legislative briefing hosted by Assemblymember Kamlager, and participated in legislative visits and community building.

Thanks to Assemblymembers Shirley Weber and Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Senator Scott Wiener and BART Board President Lateefah Simon for being allies and advocates for our work in the legislature. Thanks also to California Coalition for Women Prisoners and the Drop LWOP Coalition and our other movement allies for lending your voices to this important moment.

We heard from fellow leaders of our movement on how the Freedom Charter aligns with their critical work to end mass incarceration, state- and gender-based violence and criminalization. Together, we demonstrated the transformational power of the leadership of girls, women, transgender and gender non-conforming people most impacted by the carceral system.

Legislative Briefing at Capitol: 

Our memory was awakened to the intersectional issues of public health, immigration, child welfare, and life without parole by experts at our policy briefing,  including Sandra Johnson of Root and Rebound, Jose Valle and Yolanda Ledesma of Silicon Valley De-Bug, Ny Nourn of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Bobbie Butts of Starting Over, and Amber Piatt of Human Impact Partners.