Leadership Training

We bring together people who have been incarcerated and their families for intensive trainings that cover the root causes of criminalization, the legacy of slavery in the Texas prison system, reentry rights, and community organizing 101.

Community Organizing

We do not have the power to end the criminalization of our families and neighborhoods by ourselves. To win, we must create a racial justice movement that is led by those who are most affected, and builds long-lasting power in our communities.

Transforming Stigma and Shame

Folks who have been locked up are labeled as “criminal”, and their families are often shamed. This further isolates our communities. At TAJ we break down stigma and shame and reclaim our right to tell our stories in our words.

Ending Criminalization of Our Families

From schools, to the police, to prosecutors, to prisons, Texas’ criminal justice system targets low-income individuals and people of color, especially African Americans. TAJ boldly speaks out to confront this system and takes action to end the criminalization of our families.

Texas Advocates for Justice was formed out of the need to organize and lift up the voices of those most impacted by and concerned about over-incarceration and criminalization of our communities.

Leadership Training

Recognizing that Texas incarcerates more people than any other state, and that a majority of those incarcerated in Texas come from Houston, we began our organizing there. We believe that people who have been directly affected by incarceration, together with their families, should lead the movement for change in Texas.

We offer intensive community organizing trainings designed to build on the expertise, experience, and powerful commitment of our members. Graduates of our training become members of our action network where we put our training into practice and advance our mission to end the criminalization of our communities.

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This is what we've trained for, y'all. To provide support to one another, to raise our voices, to raise hell. Come out Monday!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Say NO to HB 577 and YES to a Fair Chance!

March 20, 2017, 10:00am - March 20, 2017, 6:00pm

Texas State Capitol E 2.016

At 10:00am on Monday, March 20, the House Business and Industry Committee will hear testimony about HB 577, a bill that would kill Austin's Fair Chance Hiring ordinance and prevent other cities from c...

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Come out March 23, 2017 at 6:30pm and join us as mourn and celebrate the lives lost in Texas cages. #shutemdown #deathXcage #savethedate ... See MoreSee Less

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For all the lives lost in Texas prisons.
For all the lives lost in Texas Jails.
For all the children.
For all the wives and husbands.
For all the families.
We hold a vigil for those that have died by the cage in Texas.
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Texas Prison Closure Vigil

March 23, 2017, 6:30pm - March 23, 2017, 8:00pm

Texas State Capitol

For all the lives lost in Texas prisons. For all the lives lost in Texas Jails. For all the children. For all the wives and husbands. For all the families. We hold a vigil for those that have died by ...

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