Decriminalization and Community-Led Safety and Justice Models in Communities of Color

 Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:30am - 5pm | Union Loft Square, New York, NY

Decriminalization and Community-Led Safety and Justice Models in Communities of Color

This event has now passed. Please check back in August for a convening recap. If you have questions, write to us at

What makes communities safe? What models exist for creative, transformative solutions for community-based justice and safety? How can restorative justice transform communities and block the school-to-prison pipeline? And how are these all connected? 

These conversations, the evolving organizing, and scaling-up many long-time models have become especially urgent over the last several months. At the local level, communities are fighting back against a number of violent and criminalizing measures, including anti-trans “bathroom bills”, anti-abortion bills created to stop reproductive health choices and criminalize women of color, voter suppression, Blue Lives Matter bills, travel and migration bans, police attacks on Native communities fighting for land sovereignty, and anti-immigrant “show me your papers” collaboration with ICE, among many, many others. Additionally, organized white supremacist groups and hate violence have been on the rise, and have gone largely unchecked by local law enforcement or elected leaders. At the same time, communities are creating Hate Free Zones, visioning Freedom Cities, and pushing back on school policies that designate school children as felons. 

Join Funders for Justice and community partners for a day of joint learning and strategizing for mobilizing resources to grow the scale and reach of these critical visionary and defense strategies.  

We also encourage you to join our partners, Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC), on Wednesday, June 7th, for their convening on Reimaging Safety: An urgent conversation with and about girls or color in America today. You can learn more about the G4GC convening and RSVP for it here: Funders for Justice is partnering with G4GC to design these back-to-back convenings, with a shared analysis and goals to move resources towards movements that will create safety for communities of color. Funders are encouraged to attend both convenings, and should RSVP for each convening separately to secure a spot at both gatherings.

This convening is for grantmakers, donor networks, and funder affinity groups. For inquiries, e-mail 

Funders for Justice is a national network of funders increasing resources to grassroots organizations addressing the intersection of racial justice, gender justice, community safety, and policing. 

Find More By:

Event type: