Families for Justice as Healing is hosting a Participatory Defense Training led by De-Bug for our formerly incarcerated sisters and allies.
What is participatory defense? Participatory defense is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and their communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. Participatory defense relies on people power and mutual support – not lawyers and clients – so people have what they need to fight their case.
We are training up our people to launch the Women’s Justice Circle project in Masscahusetts. We plan to post bail for women in detention; offer support to women through participatory defense so they can fight their case; and design, advocate for, and implement community-based alternatives to incarceration that center healing.
This training will give us more skills to defend our sisters from the criminal punishment system and start us on the journey to setting up authentic alternatives to that system held by women who have been through it.
November 4 from 9am-5pm : training from De-Bug on participatory defense
November 5 from 9am-5pm : discussion and planning for implementation in Massacuhsetts
The event is free. Food will be provided. RSVP is required!