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Justice Transformation

About the Campaign

CPD’s Justice Transformation Program works in collaboration and solidarity with our partners and allies for an end to discriminatory and oppressive policies that marginalize Black people and other communities of color, particularly in our education and criminal legal systems. CPD looks to strengthen the power of communities to ensure public safety is defined and resourced through investments in education, health, jobs, and housing, rather than in the trillions currently spent on policing and jails.

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CPD’s Justice Transformation Program works in collaboration and solidarity with our partners and allies for an end to discriminatory and oppressive policies that marginalize Black people and other communities of color, particularly in our education and criminal legal systems. CPD looks to strengthen the power of communities to ensure public safety is defined and resourced through investments in education, health, jobs, and housing, rather than in the trillions currently spent on policing and jails.

Our society faces myriad 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 fighting for a society where structural oppression is eradicated and all people can control their social, economic, and political destinies. 

Our theory of change focuses on building relationships across geographies; infrastructure and narrative groundwork for radical and transformational shifts; and fighting for policy and budgetary change at the local, state, and federal levels. We believe 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; the abolition of hyper-criminalization and mass incarceration; and reinvestment in the health, safety and wellbeing of Black and brown communities.

As a primary focus, we are supporting multi-jurisdictional organizing and campaigns that advance Black freedom and power building, to be led and designed by our partners of color on the ground. We remain active in national spaces, including collaborations with national consortiums working on repealing and replacing the 1994 Crime Bill, divest/invest budgetary campaigns, ending mass criminalization and mass incarceration, strengthening public education, demanding charter school accountability, and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. 

Campaign Blog

Kicking Off 2020 with Second ‘Freedom Lab’ in Nashville, Tennesse

CPD’s Justice Transformation team kicked off the new year with a weekend of movement and power building. The group wrapped their second Freedom Lab...

Inaugural Justice Transformation ‘Freedom Lab’ Held in Milwaukee, WI

At the start of October, CPD’s Justice Transformation team held the first ever ‘Freedom Lab’ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In partnership with Law for...

Youth Leaders Win Big in Milwaukee, Stopping Metal Detectors Contract in Public High Schools

Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT), a youth of color-led organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin just won another big battle in the fight to...

CPD Network & Allies Gather to Transform Our Criminal Legal System

On March 5, CPD joined allies Law for Black Lives, PolicyLink, BYP 100 and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to convene an all-day...

Make the Road PA Mobilizes Support & Justice for Joseph Santos

Last month, once again, a local community was shattered by the news that an unarmed person had been summarily killed by police. This time, the...

Black Leaders from Across CPD's Network Convene in Washington, DC

The Black Leadership in CPD's Network held our fourth gathering in Washington, DC on May 9 at the Leadership Council. Together, Black executive...

New Report Investigates the Influential Role Major Wall Street Corporations Play in Private Prisons and Immigrant Detention Centers

Last week, the Center for Popular Democracy, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, Enlace International, and the Strong Economy...

Young People Lead the Way to Rethink School Safety in Milwaukee

Young people in Milwaukee, led by a youth organizing group, Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT), launched a campaign last week calling on the city’...

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Webinar: Freedom to Thrive Report and Invest/Divest Campaigns

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05.29.2020

WASHINGTON -- Jennifer Epps-Addison, Network President and...

05/29/2020

Youth leaders have won significant reductions in arrests and summons...

02/17/2020

It’s been 25 years since Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of...

09/30/2019 | Colorlines

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