Civil Survival conducts half-day and all-day workshops for groups of 30 - 40. Participants include FJIs, their friends and families, community partners, elected officials, and allies. Upon release, individuals can immediately attend a workshop. In this way, Civil Survival provides a continuity of engagement that helps cushion the reentry process.
Game Changer Groups (GCGs) are local gatherings that are run and led by FJIs. They usually meet once or twice a month. GCGs are open to all, even those who have not attended a workshop. The hands-on work of Civil Survival takes place in the GCGs. Civil Survival supports these groups to target housing, employment, legal financial obligations (LFOs), or family laws, ordinances, and upcoming legislation that impact FJIs.
Civil Survival promotes liberation through its work to remove the laws and policies that negatively impact formerly justice involved individuals (FJIs). Areas of focus include: court fee reform, housing access, and better employment opportunities through “ban-the-box” legislation. Members participate in public reform projects, and reentry councils and coalition committees.
“I cannot believe how amazing this day has been! Thank you Civil Survival for putting together this workshop. So proud to be a part of this work! I am hopeful we will move this country in the right direction!”Tarra S.