September 28, 2016

Project WHAT! 10 Year Anniversary!

Please join us for Project WHAT’s 10 year anniversary. A Decade of Dedication will celebrate 10 years of our youth advocacy work and service to families impacted by incarceration.

September 28, 2016

Being a Father, From Inside Prison

For prison inmates, being a parent is hard. You’re far away but you’re still here. And the visits and letters, those small points of contact, can become that much tougher for the distance.

TAGS: parenting
September 20, 2016

Captive Lives

Luna Garcia swipes through the photos on her phone until she finds it — the one of a young man with a slight mustache standing against a wall, his blue shirt neatly pressed, holding a chubby baby girl.

It’s the kind of picture someone might snap at a holiday dinner, a grainy image of a girl and her dad. But just out of the frame are armed guards and metal doors. It was visiting day at San Quentin State Prison.

September 19, 2016

Bonding Behind Bars

Sean Sanchez knows the routine.

Before anyone can ask, the 12-year-old pulls his pants pockets inside out and takes off his shoes, wiggling his toes to prove he’s not concealing drugs or weapons. Cleared by deputies, he’s allowed inside San Francisco County Jail No. 5 to see his father.

September 19, 2016

The Sentence Unseen: Celebrating Resilience

We pay a high price when our loved ones are entangled in a punitive justice system that often leads to incarceration. The Sentence Unseen bears witness to the impacts of the US criminal justice system when family members are taken away from our community. The exhibit sheds light on the collateral consequences of arrest and incarceration on children, youth, families, and communities while celebrating the heart and resiliency of those impacted.

September 18, 2016

The Welcome Home Project

The Welcome Home Project is a collection of stories and photographs of 20 formerly incarcerated men and women who were able to turn their lives around after many years in jails and prisons.

TAGS: reentry
September 17, 2016

Ohlone Elders and Youth Speak: Restoring A California Legacy

A special project of Community Works with Costanoan Research, Inc., Ohlone Elders and Youth Speak: Restoring a California Legacy is an exploration of the efforts of three generations of Ohlone people committed to keeping their cultures alive and thriving.

September 16, 2016

Well Contested Sites

Well Contested Sites is a 13- minute dance/theater film that explores the issue of mass incarceration and the complexity of experience faced by those who are incarcerated in jails/prisons. The film is a collaboration between a group of men who were previously incarcerated, Bay Area performing artists, choreographer Amie Dowling and filmmaker Austin Forbord. The piece was created and filmed on Alcatraz Island.

July 15, 2016

the whole peace: Restorative Justice Poetry from Inside San Bruno Jail

The poems included in this book were written as part of a restorative justice poetry class in San Bruno Jail under Community Works West’s program, the Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP). The course took place in weekly two-hour sessions over the course of ten weeks. Its emphasis was to expand upon the primary elements of restorative justice, an alternative to a punitive model of criminal justice that emphasizes accountability, healing, and rebuilding relationships.

The poetry in this book was inspired by the discussion themes of harm/trauma, power, belonging, relationships, self-love/self-definition, and forgiveness. The conversations and sharing took place in a restorative justice circle, which provided a platform for support and honest reflection. Poetry was used as a means to help participants find and remain in touch with their authentic selves. Each session centered around themes extracted from poems written by acclaimed women of color writers and included poetry reading, discussion, and reflective writing.

See full PDF: The Whole Peace