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Racial Justice

About the Campaign

CPD’s Racial Justice Campaign works in collaboration and solidarity with our partners and allies across the country for an end to discriminatory and oppressive policies that marginalize Black people and other communities of color.  Our society faces a myriad of challenges deeply rooted in white supremacy and historical policies that require advocates to meet this moment with bold visioning and complex strategies.  We use campaigns, research, and advocacy to assist our partners in creating a society where...

CPD’s Racial Justice Campaign works in collaboration and solidarity with our partners and allies across the country for an end to discriminatory and oppressive policies that marginalize Black people and other communities of color.  Our society faces a myriad of challenges deeply rooted in white supremacy and historical policies that require advocates to meet this moment with bold visioning and complex strategies.  We use campaigns, research, and advocacy to assist our partners in creating a society where structural oppression is eradicated and all people can control their social, economic, and political destinies. CPD looks to strengthen the power of communities to ensure investments in safety, education, health, and housing reflect local priorities and control.

Our theory of change focuses on building relationships across geographies and enacting meaningful change at the local and state level, which improves the everyday lives of Black and brown communities, while also fighting to lay the infrastructure and narrative groundwork for radical and transformational change. We believe deeply that meaningful and sustainable change comes from the ground up and must be created by those most impacted. We seek to build the capacity of local organizations to pursue a transformational vision of racial justice that includes divestment from violent state structures and unbridled privatization, and the abolition of hyper-criminalization and mass incarceration, and reinvestment in the health, safety and wellbeing of Black and brown communities.

In the face of growing threats to communities of color from both the federal government and local actors, we plan to expand our Racial Justice initiatives.  As a primary focus, we will be resourcing multi-jurisdictional organizing and campaigns that advance Black freedom and power to be led and designed by our partners of color on the ground.  We continue to be active in national spaces, including collaborations with the Movement for Black Lives and other national consortiums working on invest/divest budgetary campaigns, reducing mass incarceration, and prosecutorial reform and accountability. These relationships have allowed us to strengthen our CPD network and expand our allyship with other local and national organizations, enhancing our collective capacity to move a racial justice agenda forward to fruition.

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Webinar: Freedom to Thrive Report and Invest/Divest Campaigns

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Organizations host events calling for repeal and replace of ’94 Crime Bill – Organizations...

09/13/2019 | WQOW-TV (Eau Claire, WI)

When Perabo learned about that August 2017 march, it was already underway. Soon, she was on a...

08/28/2019 | Slate

Washington, D.C.-- In response to plans by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie...

08/20/2019

Kumar Rao of the Center for Popular Democracy was one of the authors of the report. “As a nation...

08/2/2019 | The Appeal

In “Building Momentum From the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing”,...

08/1/2019 | Medium Politics

“Budgets are moral documents that reflect the values and priorities of our government, yet for...

07/23/2019 | The Coast News

“Jennifer Epps-Addison, co-director of the Center for Popular Democracy, a progressive...

04/22/2019 | Medium Politics

Similarly, the Center for Popular Democracy in 2015 accused Zara of using racial code words for...

01/16/2019 | Vox

Chicago spends 39 percent of its municipal budget on policing, while New York spends just eight...

08/16/2018 | The Crime Report