The Sleeping Giant

On May 17th, the Louisiana State Legislature signed H.B.-265 restoring the right to vote to people on parole and probation, reversing a law on the books for over 40 years. The new law will impact the nearly 70,000 people now under community supervision. JLUSA Fair Hiring Project Coordinator Megan French-Marcelin sat down with Norris Henderson, […]

Bill of Rights for Criminalized Workers

Over 70 million people in the United States have a criminal record. For people living with a record, their punishment is not limited to the court’s sentence. A criminal record can produce a lifetime of barriers and exclusions which are often called “collateral consequences.” Voter disenfranchisement, loss of housing and healthcare, disruption of or lack […]

#FREEnewyork Movement Update

#FREEnewyork is fighting injustice and unapologetically advancing REAL solutions to New York’s pretrial crisis. On any given day in New York State, 25,000 fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, caretakers and loved ones are caged in county jails. Shockingly, 67% of the people in New York’s jails are legally innocent — primarily people of color and working […]

May Day Reading List

JLUSA believes that movements are strongest when they are organizing, and that the consequent power of mobilizing organized people can best be understood through the lens of movement history, theories of social change, and a wider structural analysis. From the historical lessons of successful and stifled movements alike, we learn that political education can build […]

On International Workers’ Day We Must Not Forget or Exclude Formerly Incarcerated Jobseekers

May Day is abundant with iconic images of the labor movement in this country: Workers on the docks; in the mines; sitting in tractor seats or in office chairs; striking for wages, fairness, and for recognition of our common inherent value as human beings. But all too often left out of that narrative, are images […]

Welcome to Onward

At JustLeadershipUSA, we live by the guiding principle that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. That fundamental truth informs every campaign we lead, every leader we train, and every voice we amplify. It is these voices — the voices of those directly impacted by mass incarceration and mass criminalization — that lead […]