Richard is on parole and is barred from voting for things that would contribute to his community, like minimizing arbitrary, harsh punishments, and limiting developers’ ability to gentrify entire neighborhoods.
Op-Ed in the Sacramento Bee, by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and former Alameda County Chief of Probation David Muhammad, supporting ACA 6. They talk about our Director of Inside Organizing and co-founder, Richard Edmond-Vargas, as someone making big contributions to our community who is denied the right to vote while on parole.
Op-Ed by our Executive Director, Taina Vargas-Edmond, calling on Jackie Lacey to stop blocking SB 1437 re-sentencing in Los Angeles. Initiate Justice was one of many organizations that fought hard to pass SB 1437 in 2018. Yet, many DAs across the state, like Jackie Lacey, were fighting to keep people in prison for murders they did not commit.
Initiate Justice Executive Director Taina Vargas-Edmond was named a 2019-2021 Leading Edge Fellow by the Rosenberg Foundation to launch the Institute of Impacted Leaders, a comprehensive organizing training program mobilizing people impacted incarceration to become policy and reform leaders.