Freedom Harvest Archives - Dignity and Power Now

NOW HIRING: Is It Your Dream Career to Abolish the Jail System?

As the movement to end mass incarceration progresses and grows, so does our staff! Dignity and Power Now is expanding and over the next 6 months we will be posting open positions. At this point we’re excited to announce that we’re hiring for 3 full-time positions: Director of Campaigns and Organizing, Managing Director, and Deputy Director of Health and Wellness!

We are an abolitionist organization working for the dignity and power of all incarcerated people, their families, and communities and we strive to build the leadership of formerly incarcerated Black and Brown people. The ideal candidates will be strategic thinkers, storytellers, sociable, passionate about prison abolition, and will have a basic understanding of the Los Angeles County jail system. Formerly incarcerated people are encourage to apply!

applicant_2Director of Campaigns and Organizing

The Director of Campaigns and Organizing plays a key role in developing and guiding our political strategy. She or he is expected to be knowledgeable of the political landscape and be a respected movement leader who can speak to elected leaders, organizers, and members with ease and conviction. The Director of Campaigns and Organizing is charged with ensuring that the campaign plans have the potential to lead to a victory in the current political landscape according to a proscribed timeline.

Do you like talking to people about jail issues?
Are you receptive to trauma and mental health issues?
Do you have 5 years experience in grassroots organizing?
Are you passionate about civilian oversight and stopping jail construction?
Are you ready to join a badass team of abolitionists?

APPLY NOW!

applicant_1Managing Director

The Managing Director plays a key role in overseeing our ongoing operations and procedures. The Managing Director is specifically charged with ensuring that the team is developing and implementing a plan that advances campaign goals, making sure that sufficient funds are being developed to meet the budget adopted by the Board of Directors, maintaining fiscal controls consistent with the financial policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Directors, and that the entire staff is being accountable to their work plans.

Do you get psyched about developing plans and organizing teams?
Do you like developing funds for revolutionary budgets?
Are you ready oversee radical operations and procedures?
Are you looking forward to presenting your hard work to our Board?
Are you ready to join a badass team of abolitionists?

APPLY NOW!

applicant_2Deputy Director of Health and Wellness

The Deputy Director of Health and Wellness is responsible for day-to-day management of our wellness programming and supporting integration of wellness programming into campaign strategy.

Do you consider yourself a movement healer?
Are you receptive to trauma and mental health issues?
Do you have 2 years experience in healing practice?
Are you excited to develop a healing justice structure?
Are you ready to join a badass team of abolitionists?

APPLY NOW!

NOW HIRING: $40,000 and Full Benefits to be a Freedom Fighter!

As the movement to end mass incarceration progresses and grows, so does our staff! Dignity and Power Now is hiring for a full-time Organizer and a part-time Director of Finance.

We are an abolitionist organization working for the dignity and power of all incarcerated people, their families, and communities, and we strive to build the leadership of formerly incarcerated Black and Brown people. The ideal candidates will be strategic thinkers, storytellers, sociable, passionate about prison abolition, and will have a basic understanding of the Los Angeles County jail system. Formerly incarcerated people are encourage to apply!

applicant_2Organizer

The Organizer will be responsible for building the member base of Dignity and Power Now by doing outreach throughout the county of Los Angeles, planning and implementing campaigns, representing DPN at events, and will work closely with our Organizing Director Jayda Rasberry.

Do you like talking to people about how much jails suck?
Are you receptive to trauma and mental health issues?
Do you have 3-5 years experience in grassroots organizing?
Are you passionate about building Black leadership?
Are you ready to join a badass team of abolitionists?

APPLY NOW!

applicant_1Director of Finance

The Director of Finance and Fundraising will develop financial protocol, develop budgets, and will be responsible for foundation fundraising towards our annual budget. (We are open to those with other financial contracts to apply as this is a part-time position.)

Do you get psyched about fundraising to abolish the prison industrial complex?
Do you like creating revolutionary budgets?
Are you ready to write some radical grants to fund the movement?
Are you looking forward to presenting your hard work to our fiscal sponsor and our Board?
Are you ready to join a badass team of abolitionists?

APPLY NOW!

Seed Love: A Summer Arts and Healing Series

It’s been my deep honor as DPN’s Cultural Arts Coordinator to have facilitated Seed Love this summer. Seed Love is a pop-up arts and healing series that took place directly outside the LA County jails. It was the intention of Seed Love to disrupt the oppressive and shaming environment created by the LA County Sheriff’s Department and provide space for families with incarcerated loved ones to heal, create, and organize.

​Delia applies aloe plant medicine to Coyote's foot at the herbal healing station. Participants left with planted seeds and bundles of healing herbs.

​Delia applies aloe plant medicine to Coyote’s foot at the herbal healing station. Participants left with planted seeds and bundles of healing herbs.

We had five successful events this summer! The response from participants has been so heartwarming. <3

​Justin writes a letter to his Brother inside at the Kaya Press booth.

​Justin writes a letter to his Brother inside at the Kaya Press booth.

Justin (above) who we met at the Pitchess event wrote us later to say, “Thank you for the work you’re doing and for helping connect my mother and I with my brother behind bars. You truly made a difference for me today.” We’ve also had many loved ones thank us verbally and enthusiastically sign up to volunteer at future events.

DPN is so grateful to all of you who have made this series possible this summer! Thank you for donating your time, your money, your skills, or food. We love you!

Mariella Saba providing free massage therapy for people visiting loved ones at Pitchess Detention Center.

Mariella Saba providing free massage therapy for people visiting loved ones at Pitchess Detention Center.

Our next artistic endeavor is the new issue of the DPN Zine. Please be in touch if you are interested in getting involved!

Welcome New DPN Staff!

Carrie Leilam Love
Cultural Arts Coordinator

carrie_staff_photoCarrie Leilam Love is an artist and freedom fighter from Oakland, CA. She writes short stories and poems about love and struggle. Sometimes she does narrative based performance art. She’s been a teaching artist and arts administrator in the Bay Area for 10 years. She is the daughter and sister of formerly incarcerated black men and goes hard to smash the prison industrial complex in their names and in solidarity with incarcerated people world wide.

 

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Chantal Coudoux
Associate Development Director

chantal_profileChantal graduated from Scripps College with a BA in politics with a focus on race theory and social justice. She has volunteered with Dignity and Power Now for the last two years. She focuses on development and programmatic work with Success Stories. Prior to her time at Dignity and Power Now, Chantal worked with a Los Angeles based civil rights organization doing policy advocacy and community organizing. She is a big fan of cats, fútbol, bachata, and The Backstreet Boys.

 

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Salimah Hankins, Esq.
Director of Legislative Advocacy

salimah_profileSalimah Hankins is a human rights activist, community organizer, attorney, creative-writer, dancer, cyclist, street-art-enthusiast, and a traveler. Before starting as the Director of Legislative Advocacy at Dignity and Power Now, she served as the CERD Consultant for the United Nations’ “Race Treaty” (CERD) review for the US Human Rights Network. Salimah has advocated for the rights of low-income clients of color as a civil rights attorney at the ACLU of Maryland and the Fair Housing Justice Center. She has also served as a legislative aide to a Massachusetts state senator, director of human rights for a Brooklyn-based human rights organization, prisoners rights law clerk at a Boston-based civil rights law firm, and a pro bono attorney for a variety of civil rights groups. She has also given lectures, presented her research at conferences, and published in a variety of journals. Salimah is originally from New Orleans and has called Boston, Baltimore, and Brooklyn home. She currently resides in the Bay Area with her husband who teaches literature (with a focus on race and gender) at the college level. Salimah enjoys reading about and fighting for the liberation of oppressed peoples, and snuggling with her cat, Malcolm.

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