TIMELINE

  • 2013, Racial Justice Action Center launched along with one organizing project for formerly-incarcerated women, Women on the Rise. We soon moved into the Blue House, or La Casa Azul, which was home to the Racial Justice Action Center, Women on the Rise, Trans(forming), and LaGender, Inc.;

  • 2013, in effort to defeat a banishment ordinance targeting sex workers in Midtown Atlanta, Racial Justice Action Center and Women on the Rise partnered with LaGender, Inc. and Trans(forming) to form Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co) to lead a grassroots organizing campaign to defeat a banishment ordinance targeting sex workers in Midtown Atlanta (and soon expanded our home into the building next door, the Brick House);

  • 2015, Women on the Rise worked with other organizations, including 9to5, on a "Ban The Box" campaign and won an executive order to Ban the Box from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal;

  • 2015, SNaP Co led a campaign with partner organizations to win model Standard Operating Procedures for interactions with the transgender community in the East Point Police Department after our member, Juan Evans, was harassed by police; 

  • 2016, SNaP Co released the report "The Most Dangerous Thing Out Here is the Police," resulting in the Mayor’s decision to appoint the first openly trans member to the Atlanta Civilian Police Review Board;

  • 2017, RJAC led a grassroots coalition that established the Atlanta / Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative, designed by people directly impacted by policing and incarceration;

  • 2017, RJAC worked with the city of Atlanta to pass legislation to end broken windows policing (including reclassification to make marijuana a non-arrestable offense) and increase police transparency and accountability;

  • 2019, Women on the Rise built the leadership of hundreds of Black formerly-incarcerated women through Harriet's Daughters and SNaP Co built the leadership of trans and gender-nonconforming people through Atlanta Trans Leadership (ATL) Internship Program;
  • 2019, RJAC and Women on the Rise, co-leaders of the Communities Over Cages: Close the Jail ATL Campaign won legislation to close the city's "extra" jail and repurpose it into a Center for Wellness & Freedom through a community-led taskforce, the Reimagine ACDC Taskforce;
  • 2020, RJAC spon off its two incubated projects, Women on the Rise and Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative, into their own independent organizations!
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