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Values

Each individual has an inherent right to dignity and to the skills and education that allows for effective engagement in society.

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Purpose: To mobilize and empower the formerly-incarcerated, and their friends and families, to improve their quality of life through participation in the political process.

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Mission: Educate and motivate marginalized populations through workshops and Game Changer Groups that teach basic legal concepts and provide tools for effective civil engagement.

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Goals: Individuals understand how the system negatively impacts their ability to secure work, housing, and healthcare. They eliminate these impacts though civil engagement, including voting, political activism, and serving in public office.

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Educate: Inform and Empower

Educate: Inform and Empower

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.
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Motivate: Turn Shame to Power

Motivate:  Turn Shame to Power

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.

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Liberate: Engage in the System

Liberate: Engage in the System

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.

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