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Location: Boston, MA

Organization: The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women & families for Justice as Healing

Contact: jrjames@thecouncil.us

Families for Justice as Healing is led by incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and women with incarcerated loved ones. Our mission is to end the incarceration of women and girls.

︎ Does not collaborate with police
︎ Offered at no cost to participants
The Community Love Fund is a landmark guaranteed income initiative that will distribute recurring, direct cash relief to five formerly incarcerated and directly affected women from the Roxbury community for one year.

Families for Justice as Healing and the National Council have created the Community Love Fund to demonstrate that directly affected women can establish and distribute the funds necessary to develop the infrastructure to support each other. This guaranteed income initiative pilot is the first of its kind in the city of Boston.

“The direct cash disbursement project joining a growing movement led by formerly incarcerated women who are creating models of what different looks like when we invest in our communities,” explained Andrea James, founder of Families for Justice as Healing and Executive Director of the National Council.

The program is intentionally designed to challenge the racial and economic injustice plaguing families affected by the criminal legal system. For decades, the only substantial investments in the most incarcerated neighborhoods of Massachusetts have been more policing and prisons. Through the Community Love Fund, participants in the pilot project will receive monthly cash disbursements without conditions through 2021. Women can spend the case on whatever they and their families need most.

Formerly incarcerated women continue to organize with their neighbors in Roxbury and beyond to build political and economic power through people-led processes. Andrea James emphasized, “We are reimagining our communities and creating what different looks like by making investments led by formerly incarcerated women on behalf of the most vulnerable among us.”

Excerpted From: February 25, 2021 Media Advisory