There are many ways to ACTIVATE.
* Teaching someone how to read is ACTIVISM!
* Helping someone understand citizenship…including voting, building community centers, caring for those in need…is ACTIVISM!
Only a few organizations are listed below to “prime the pump” to help you start your search for the organization that works on your area of interest..
You can learn a lot about the challenges within the system through conversations with pen pals. This is truly radical activism as you can actually touch other people’s lives…people who can really benefit from a connection to true humanity, vs. ‘programs’, interventions, missionaries and other forms of ‘charity’.
Since September 2003, LostVault has been dedicated to maintaining a free place for inmates to find pen pals, and for you to find them. Unlike many of the other prison pen pal sites, we do not charge you OR the inmate this service as long as the ad is posted via the internet by a loved one or friend. For ads posted by our staff, there is a nominal $10 fee (updated 02/01/2015) for all inmates other than death row, who receive free ads. http://lostvault.com/penpals/main.asp
To ensure our communities are safe, healthy, and whole, ARC empowers formerly and currently incarcerated people to thrive by providing a support network, comprehensive reentry services, and opportunities to advocate for policy change. Through our grassroots policy advocacy, we are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system so that it is more just and equitable for all people. The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) works to end mass incarceration in California.
PARC is a prison abolitionist group committed to exposing and challenging all forms of institutionalized racism, sexism, able-ism, heterosexism, and classism, specifically within the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC).
The Sentencing Project
The Sentencing Project has worked for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system for 30 years.