The Visionary Freedom Fund (VFF) seeks to ensure that Black, Brown, and Indigenous (BIPOC) youth impacted by the youth justice system on the frontlines have the resources, capacities, infrastructure, and relationships they need to develop and implement inspiring long-term, visionary change in their communities.
Our host Reginald Dwayne Betts chops it up with Jason Reynolds, a beloved author of young adult fiction and poetry. Jason has won all the prizes that dope writers get, including the Kirkus Prize and the Coretta Scott King Honor. In the inaugural episode of The Freedom Takes, Dwayne and Jason discuss their common roots in PG County, Maryland; the importance of literature in the lives of young people; and Jason’s book Long Way Down, of which the Million Book Project has sent 900 copies to readers in juvenile detention centers across the country.
The culmination of a two-year project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Illuminating the Darkness: Our Carceral Landscape brings together a diverse selection of work made by twenty-five artists for exhibition at the UCF Art Gallery. Associated online programming includes a For Freedoms Town Hall and panel discussion with system-impacted artists and activists.
The Project Rebound Consortium is launching new programs at additional CSU campuses. One of these programs is at CSU Northridge, one of the largest universities in the state, which is hiring a Program Coordinator to help found their program. Please share this opportunity throughout your networks, particularly with individuals who share these values, have an incarceration experience themselves, and have overcome barriers similar to the population that Project Rebound serves.
Mississippi Freedom Winter addresses the humanitarian crisis occurring throughout Mississippi's prisons and immigrant detention centers. Their Study and Struggle program is the first phase of an ongoing project to organize against incarceration and criminalization in Mississippi through four months of political education and community building.
Support for postsecondary institutions and community partners to remove barriers to: food, housing, childcare, mental health services, transportation, or digital access for postsecondary students.