TIMELINE

  • 2013, Racial Justice Action Center launched along with one organizing project for formerly-incarcerated women, Women on the Rise;

  • 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;

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

  • 2015, SNaP Co leads 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, is harassed by police; 

  • 2016, SNaP Co releases 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 leads a grassroots coalition that established the Atlanta / Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative, designed by people directly impacted by policing and incarceration;

  • 2017, RJAC works 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 builds the leadership of hundreds of Black formerly-incarcerated women through Harriet's Daughters and SNaP Co builds 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 win legislation to close the city's "extra" jail and repurpose it into a Center for Wellness & Freedom through a community-led taskforce.