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Giving Tuesday 2019

20 Years of Movement Building and Freedom Fighting

We envision a future where people of color are free – where they can thrive, be safe and exercise power. Driven by the genius of ordinary people and their movements, racism will no longer exist and justice will be radically transformed.

On #GivingTuesday, December 3rd this year, please make a gift to Advancement Project National Office.

For more than 20 years, the generosity of our supporters has empowered us to provide direct, hands-on support for organized communities in their struggles for racial and social justice, providing legal, communications and campaign organizing resources for on-the-ground efforts, while assisting in building their own capacity and power in their communities.

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15,000

Number of people that have been added to Arizona's prison population in 2019

Migrant detention centers are a major contributor to Arizona's prison population and the state has the fourth-highest imprisonment rate in the nation.

Our Immigrant Justice program sheds light on the state of mass incarceration in its latest report, The Carceral State of Arizona: The Human Cost of Being Confined. The report details the inhumane conditions migrants face in Arizona's Eloy Detention Center - a private prison facility. It's one of several efforts Advancement Project National Office is engaged in to #AbolishICE - the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency - and to ensure migrants are treated with dignity and respect.

During 2018's November Mid-term Election, Florida residents voted for the passage for Amendment 4 which overturned many of the state's felony disenfranchisement laws. It's one of the many victories our Power and Democracy program boasts in its fight to remove barriers to participating in our nation's democracy. They've also succeeded in recent fights in Missouri and Louisiana, and can continue the fight in Georgia with your support.

1.4 Million

Number of formerly incarcerated persons who had their voting rights restored in Florida

55

Number of certified mental health professionals to be placed in Miami-Dade County Public Schools

At the September 2019 public budget hearing for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, board members voted to add 25 certified mental health professionals in its district. It was a hard-earned victory for our Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse program to support our partners, Power U Center for Social Change, in the national movement for #PoliceFreeSchools.

Also this year, we've published the website for our We Came To Learn report which lets users report school assaults by cops against students of color on the #AssaultAt map.

In June, a federal court issued an preliminary injunction which ruled the City of St. Louis' bail system unconstitutional. The city was holding presumably innocent people in a medium-security jail, known as "the Workhouse" for its inhumane conditions, at an average bail amount of $25,000. Within weeks, our Justice Project, alongside our St. Louis partners, significantly reduced cash bail to grant residents their freedom. The victory was part of our campaign to Close the Workhouse once and for all.

119

Number of St. Louis residents who were released from "the Workhouse" jail because of lowered cash bail

Who We Support

Supporting Advancement Project National Office helps us support grassroots partners on the ground. If you’d like to know more about their work and ways to support them, here are just few of the partners we’ve worked with on major campaigns and actions this year.

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Advancement Project National Office Applauds Introduction, Urges Passage of S. 1 to Protect Voting Rights of Communities of Color

MEDIA CONTACT Jeralyn Cave [email protected] 202-921-7321 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate introduced S. 1 – the For the People Act of 2021—a pro-democracy piece of legislation that aims to protect and strengthen access to voting, blunts the influence of dark money in politics and establishes anti-corruption measures for government. Advancement Project National Office, a 21st century civil rights and racial justice organization released the following statement. “Right now, at least 43 states have advanced legislation making it harder to vote on the heels of a historic election that saw record voter turnout,”…

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Advancement Project National Office Condemns Atlanta Shooting and Racism, Violence Toward AAPI Community

MEDIA CONTACT Alex Jordan [email protected] WASHINGTON – This morning, in response to the shooting of eight people in Atlanta last night—six of whom were Asian American women—Advancement Project National Office’s Executive Director Judith Browne Dianis issued the following statement: “We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the individuals who were killed last night—and we express our solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islanders who have expressed righteous outrage and fear about this incident and the alarming spike in violence against Asian Americans over the last year. “This country has a long, sordid…

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20 Ways Black People Made History in 2020

By Brittney Johnson, Communications Intern As we celebrate another Black History Month, we reflect on the milestones and accomplishments of Black Americans. From the ringing bells of Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement, to the election of the first Black president, we continue to make history and move mountains despite the odds against us. For starters, 2020 was a tough year. Not only because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also because of the multiple lives we lost to police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality. BUT, 2020 also brought many historic moments for the Black community as we pushed for…

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STATEMENT: Osceola Sheriff’s deputy viciously assaults student, underscoring urgency in call for #PoliceFreeSchools

After a year of #PoliceFreeSchools wins in cities nationwide, Advancement Project National Office and Alliance for Educational Justice respond to recent #AssaultAtLiberty

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Advancement Project National Office Issues Statement on President Biden’s Executive Orders Addressing Racial Equity

“We acknowledge and commend the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to make racial equality a legislative priority and center piece to their agenda."

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Leading Civil Rights Groups Call on President Biden to Create White House Racial Equity and Inclusion Office

CONTACT Jessica Sarstedt Email: [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC—In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, historic racial justice protests, and unprecedented commitment by the executive office to confront systemic racism, the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative—the foremost diverse coalition of national racial justice and civil rights organizations representing and serving more than 53 million people in the U.S.—is pushing for racial equity to be at the forefront of government operations, policies and practices. The coalition calls on President Joe Biden to establish a White House Office on Racial Equity and Inclusion to coordinate the full range of federal agency…

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Healing Communities of Color Beyond Wellness

By Flavia Jimenez, Managing Director of Organizational Development & Leadership We are our only relevant hope We are our only possible medicine –what is unveiled? the founding wound  by Adrienne Maree Brown When organizations discuss plans to address the impact that systemic racism and the violence of white supremacy have on staff, we often lack the language to openly discuss viable options. Perhaps it is because the wounds are too deep and too raw. Where do we even begin to bring a framework to folks who live and work with the pain? What do we do about…

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Advancement Project National Office Applauds Nomination of Civil Rights Leaders to Biden-Harris U.S. Department of Justice

“Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke are formative civil rights leaders with decades of experience fighting discrimination, ensuring equity and safeguarding all Americans."

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Leading Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizations Denounce Domestic Terrorism at U.S. Capitol

‘Those who aim to obstruct the peaceful transition of power must be held accountable.’

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Advancement Project National Office Responds to DA Announcement in Jacob Blake Shooting

The Kenosha County District Attorney, Michael Graveley, today announced that Rusten Sheskey, the police officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times in August will not be criminally charged.

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