Defunding the Police: Brief Overview of History, Models and the Demands of the Movement

The deep structural racism inherent in policing is becoming more visible to and less tolerated by a broader portion of our society. The Movement for Black Lives has popularized the work of abolitionists and galvanized social attention around the demand to defund the police and invest in education, affordable housing, healthcare, and community solutions to preventing … Continue reading Defunding the Police: Brief Overview of History, Models and the Demands of the Movement

Releasing More People from Prison Will Make All of Us Safer, Not Less So

Eleven years after a federal court found that overcrowding in California’s prisons was unconstitutional, conditions have not improved much. Social distancing is impossible. By Yoana Tchoukleva and Louis Scott California’s prisons are overcrowded, unhygienic and inhumane. Public health experts have warned that an outbreak of COVID-19 in any one of them will become “a source of uncontrolled … Continue reading Releasing More People from Prison Will Make All of Us Safer, Not Less So

A Journey to Collective Liberation: EJS Judge Motley Civil Rights Fellow Yoana Tchoukleva

In June 2018, Elizabeth J. Cabraser provided a generous gift allowing the Equal Justice Society to reactivate its Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship. Ms. Cabraser, who funded the 2001 conference that led to the founding of EJS, pledged to fund the fellowship for five years. EJS established the Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil … Continue reading A Journey to Collective Liberation: EJS Judge Motley Civil Rights Fellow Yoana Tchoukleva

Updated: Implicit Bias Bill Package Advances in the California Legislature

Update (Sept. 2019) We are delighted to share that two of the three bills we helped draft – AB 241 and AB 242 – are now on the Governor’s desk! California is very close to becoming the first state in the nation to require implicit bias training for all judges, attorneys, and healthcare professionals. Please … Continue reading Updated: Implicit Bias Bill Package Advances in the California Legislature