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Our Workplace Justice Series: the Abolition of the Prison Industrial Complex

Currently, 11 out of 22 of our staff members have been formerly incarcerated, and we believe our work at Planting Justice directly contributes to reducing the level of mass incarceration - we’ve offered employment to 18 different men returning home from prison, with a zero percent recidivism rate. And, despite our efforts, the Prison Industrial Complex still operates as a violent beast that is disproportionately stealing and enslaving people of color from our communities. Hear our take on the Prison Industrial Complex here.

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We Don't Need Another Jail - Part I

The United States imprisons more people, per capita, than any other nation in the world. This system of mass incarceration, which currently holds more than 2.4 million human beings in cages. So why is California spending billions of dollars on jail expansion this year?? Find out why, and what Planting Justice thinks we can use our money for instead, here.

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Harvest Time at Camp Sweeney

On October 6th 2015,  Planting Justice joined the boys at Camp Sweeney where we have partnered to work on the garden that we all built there together. The boys have really taken ownership of the garden and were excited to share news of how they harvested and distributed produce to their families on visitation days throughout the summer. See their progress and hard work, and our fun day with them, here.

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Speak Out to Stay Put - Calling all Oakland residents!

Oakland is in crisis. Our rent are rising faster than any other city in the U.S. As of 2010, Oakland had lost over 25% of our Black residents to displacement - a trend that has accelerated over the last five years. Our elected leaders are either in denial or actively working to promote gentrification. We need a new plan.

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Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference - #BUGsOakland2015

BUGS is "an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both rural and urban settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective Black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table." This year, the conference will be held in Oakland, from October 16th-18th at Laney College. Sign up to attend, volunteer, or be a vendor.

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Return to San Quentin

On September 11th, the Education team returned to San Quentin prison as co-facilitators of the Insight Garden Program after being notified on August 31st that all volunteer programming had been halted due to an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Prisoners' movement on facility grounds had been limited since August 27th and the water had been shut off preventing preparation of hot meals or flushing toilets. Hear about our emotional reunion here.

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What I've Learned at Planting Justice

Today is bittersweet for Planting Justice as we say goodbye to one of our amazing canvassers, Alyse Toulouse. Alyse has faithfully pounded the pavement for PJ, signing up hundreds of new members to support our work, and playing a major role in supporting and coaching new canvassers coming home from prison. Read her insights and reflection on her work here.

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PRESS RELEASE: Occupy the Farm Protesters Hold Rally and Action to Stop Development of Historic Gill Tract Farmland

For 3 years, the commercial development project that is slated to pave the southern 7 acres of the historic Gill Tract Farm has been held off by a lawsuit. On June 16th, the courts ruled in favor of the UC, citing that their polluting, privatizing, pavement project breaks no state laws, clearing the way for the planned development to begin. On July 16, farmers and neighbors will join forces to save their community farm from the looming development.

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Pathways 2 Resilience Letter and Update

Two years ago, local non and for profit organizations combined forces to create Pathways 2 Resilience with this question in mind: "Could an integrated program of culturally relevant, experiential permaculture design education; meaningful, values-aligned, and entrepreneurial work; and wrap around services, reduce recidivism by healing and restoring participants’ connections to the community and the environment?". Find out the end result here.

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Plant! Cook! Organize! Staff Training Update

Various members of Planting Justice Staff convened for an internal training around the Plant! Cook! Organize! Curriculum currently in development here at the organization. The curriculum covers some exciting methods and techniques to give Staff members the training to facilitate workshops with communities most impacted by poverty and food injustice. Read more about our new engaging, inspiring curriculum here.

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