Women & The System

In anticipation of our 4th Annual Benefit, Celebrating the Strength & Power of Women in the System, we wanted to create an opportunity for the women in our network who are impacted by and working to change the criminal justice system to share their stories and perspectives on mass incarceration.

Each week until the benefit, we posted a video from a different woman’s perspective on why mass incarceration is a women's issue and why Root & Rebound's work is so crucial. Each video is made by the women featured, in their own style and voice. Many of the women were present at the Benefit on September 20th, 2018 either as panel speakers or honored guests. 

“The law is a double edged sword—it can cut you going in and can cut you going out— but somebody had to cut us, people of color, a piece of that freedom, a piece of that justice, because we knew that the law was not working for us, it was working against us.  Root & Rebound allows us to be free, allows us to be able to know we can use the law on our side, by our side, with our side, for change.”

- Kim Carter, Founder of Time For Change Foundation

We hope these videos shed light on the experiences of women in the system whose voices too often go unheard. Mothers, sisters, and daughters who have endured countless injustices, yet manage to persevere and stand strong as backbones of their families and their communities.

Please share these videos to help to start the conversation about the criminal justice system’s impact on women. You can support Root & Rebound, and women in the system, by donating here

Week 8

Carmen Garcia, Director of Finance & Administration, Root & Rebound

Week 7 

Tasharey Crawford, Educator

Week 7

Marilyn Jones, M.Ed., Founder & Executive Director of Because Black is Still Beautiful


Week 6

Aminah Colbert, 2018 Elder Freeman Policy Fellow at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Week 5

Judge Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribal Court and Chair of Root & Rebound’s Board of Directors

Week 4

Kim Carter, Founder & Executive Director of Time for Change Foundation

Week 3 

Shalita Williams, Berkeley Underground Scholar, and Skylar Economy, Co-director of FITE film, From Incarceration to Education.

Week 2

Ana Pano, M.S.W,  is the Womxn's Support and Social Services Manager at Root & Rebound’s new Fresno office.

Week 1

Cassandra Little, PhD. is the Employment & Leadership Specialist at Root & Rebound’s new Fresno office.

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