Dignity and Power Now — Decarceration Work

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Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $1,700,000 over two years to Dignity and Power Now to support its efforts, along with those of JusticeLA and other coalition partners, to reduce incarceration. Dignity and Power Now organizes and advocates for community members impacted by incarceration in Los Angeles County, which currently contains the largest jail system in the country.

This follows our August 2019 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Dignity and Power Now — JusticeLA Campaign (2019)


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $500,000 to Dignity and Power Now to support its work on the JusticeLA campaign. The campaign is a coalition of organizations opposed to the planned construction of two new jail facilities in Los Angeles county, which currently contains the largest jail system in the country. Dignity and Power Now is a co-founding organization of the JusticeLA campaign, and its founder, Patrisse Cullors, is a co-chair of the campaign. Dignity and Power Now plans to use these funds to expand the campaign staff and build infrastructure to continue to shape Los Angeles county’s justice policies.

This follows our October 2017 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Dignity and Power Now — JusticeLA Campaign (2017)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Dignity and Power Now staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $500,000 to Dignity and Power Now to support its work on the JusticeLA campaign. The campaign is a coalition of organizations opposed to the planned construction of two new jail facilities in Los Angeles county, which currently contains the largest jail system in the country, with an average daily inmate population of approximately 17,000.Archived copy of link: @CNN, September 2016 [archive only]@ JusticeLA estimates that the jail plan as put forward by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will cost $3.4 billion and exacerbate harms caused by overincarceration. The campaign therefore intends to build public opposition to the jail plan, and has called for a moratorium on all new jail construction and expansion until more independent reviews have been conducted on voter priorities, the impact of current criminal justice reforms on jail populations, and alternatives to incarceration.

Dignity and Power Now is a co-founding organization of the JusticeLA campaign, and its founder, Patrisse Cullors, is a co-chair of the campaign. We previously supported Dignity and Power Now with a grant recommendation in June 2017, which funded a convening of community stakeholders opposed to the L.A. jail plan. As a result of this convening, numerous community groups decided to re-launch and expand the JusticeLA campaign. Dignity and Power Now will allocate funds in accordance with the executive committee’s campaign plan, which includes using funding for hiring lead staff and organizers, hosting meetings, and providing re-grants to other JusticeLA organizations.

Our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, is excited to support this project due to the potential decarceration impact, as well as the opportunity to increase both the quality and level of community leadership on criminal justice reform issues in Los Angeles. Our rationale for funding this campaign is similar in many ways to the #CLOSERikers campaign in New York City, which we’ve written about in more detail on this page.

The Open Philanthropy Project has separately recommended a grant to the Justice Team Network, a 501(c)(4) affiliated with Dignity and Power Now.

This grant falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

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Dignity and Power Now — Convening to Oppose L.A. Jail Construction

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn
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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $132,000 to Dignity and Power Now to support a convening of stakeholders opposed to the construction of two new jails in Los Angeles. According to our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, the proposed jails have been stalled for several years and there is some indication that an organized campaign could permanently defeat the project. This grant will allow Dignity and Power Now to organize a convening of community coalitions, labor groups, elected officials, and other interested parties to discuss and assess the potential for a larger campaign opposing the jails. Specifically, the funding will cover meeting materials, food and location costs, staff support, and potentially a commissioned report on alternative uses for the city and state funds estimated to be needed for the jail construction projects.

This is a discretionary grant.