Category Archives: Shame and Advocacy

Gloria and Ruth – TAJ Members

The telephone rings late on a Sunday night. The local TV news report has ended. Following a series of questions, hospital personnel informs me that my son is in the emergency room. I would need to come to the hospital for more information. I had no idea of what had happened, but would soon realize that my family and I was entering the criminal justice system and my son was entering the “war of prison”.  As the aunt I received my call early the next morning. My nephew is where? What happened?  I was stunned and angry at my nephew. Our family had no history of any family member being incarcerated. We were forced to enter a system we had no knowledge of. It was clear the odds were stacked against us and it did not take long to feel the shame and stigma of our situation, although we never said the words out loud.

He would be released on parole after 22 years and 7 months of jail and prison incarceration to an alternative confinement of ankle and home monitoring. The excitement of his being at home is marred and strained with the restrictions limiting employment, health access, emotional, physical, and monetary resources needed to comply with the parole placement plan. Being part of the Texas Advocates for Justice has helped us bridge the educational divide and meet others in our position.   What are your challenges with home confinement and ankle monitoring?

Two Brown Girls

¿Ha sido usted o un miembro de la familia encarcelado? ¿Detenido? ¿Está comprometido con cualquier institución en contra de su voluntad?

¿Quieres ser parte de un movimiento de más individuos como usted, elevando su voz para terminar con el encarcelamiento racial de nuestras comunidades?

Si es así, los Defensores de Texas por la Justicia (Texas Advocates for Justice; TAJ) lo invitan a que aplique para nuestro entrenamiento intensivo de un día que estamos ofreciendo a los nuevos miembros el 11 de Noviembre. TAJ es un grupo de individuos o sus familiares que han estado encarcelados como consecuencia de condenas penales, la política de inmigración, o el compromiso por cuestiones de salud mental. Como grupo, tomamos un papel activo en el cambio de las políticas y prácticas que resultan en el encarcelamiento masivo en Texas.

Nuestro entrenamiento consistirá en seis horas centradas en la narración personal y la educación política basada en la opresión histórica y la marginación de los individuos por las instituciones americanas.

Ofrecemos desayuno, almuerzo, aperitivos, cuidado de niños y transporte para aquellos que necesiten esa ayuda. También ofreceremos un estipendio a aquellos que completan el entrenamiento. TAJ está particularmente interesado en escuchar sobre las experiencias de personas con capacidades diferentes, mujeres de color e individuos que se identifican en el espectro de identidad de género que han estado encarcelados. Sólo podemos hablar por nosotros mismos, y buscamos las voces de aquellos que han sido estigmatizados, perfilados y excluidos.

Si está interesado, por favor llene la siguiente solicitud. Le pedimos que comparta esta información con aquellos que usted piensa que también estarían interesados.

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Si tiene alguna pregunta, contacte por medio de correo o llame a Jorge Renaud: jrenaud@grassrootsleadership.org (512)825-9052.
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Entrenamiento de Liderazgo & Organización Comunitaria

November 11, 2017, 9:00am - November 11, 2017, 5:00pm

¿Ha sido usted o un miembro de la familia encarcelado? ¿Detenido? ¿Está comprometido con cualquier institución en contra de su voluntad? ¿Quieres ser parte de un movimiento de más individuos c...

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Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. There is still time to donate your new or gently used business casual clothes to support formerly incarcerated people in Austin.

We are in need of more women's clothes, so don't wait!
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Decarcerate ATX Business Casual Clothing Drive

October 4, 2017, 10:00am - October 20, 2017, 5:00pm

**Mensaje bilingüe. Español abajo** Would you like to serve a community of formerly incarcerated individuals? Do you have new or gently used business casual clothing to donate? The Decarcerate ATX ...

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Have you or a family member been jailed? Detained? Committed to any institution against your will?

Do you want to be part of a movement of others such as yourself, raising your voice to end the racialized incarceration of our communities?

If so, the Texas Advocates for Justice (TAJ) invite you to apply for a one-day intensive training we are offering to new members on Nov. 11. TAJ is a group of individuals, or their family members, who have been caged as the result of criminal convictions, immigration policy, or commitment for mental health issues. As a group, we take an active role in changing the policies and practices that result in Texas incarcerating more people than any other state.

Our training will consist of six hours centered on personal story-telling and political education based on the historical oppression and the marginalization of individuals by American institutions.

We will be providing breakfast, lunch, snacks, childcare, and transportation for those who need that help. We will also offer a stipend to those who complete the training. TAJ is particularly interested in hearing from differently abled individuals, women of color, and individuals who identify on the spectrum of gender identity who have been incarcerated. We can only speak for ourselves, and we seek the voices of those who have been stigmatized, profiled, and cast out.

If you are interested, please fill out the following application. We ask that you share this opportunity with those you think would also be interested.

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If you have any questions, email or call Jorge Renaud at jrenaud@grassrootsleadership.org (512)825-9052.
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Leadership and Community Organizing Training

November 11, 2017, 9:00am - November 11, 2017, 5:00pm

Have you or a family member been jailed? Detained? Committed to any institution against your will? Do you want to be part of a movement of others such as yourself, raising your voice to end the raci...

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