Session Type(s): Training
Training Tag(s): Grassroots Organizing/Campaigns
Starts: Friday, Jul. 14 1:30 PM (Central)
Ends: Friday, Jul. 14 2:30 PM (Central)
Heart-wrenching murders have sparked protests across the country. The need to eradicate state-sanctioned violence is at an all-time high, and developing a coalition of impacted families and grassroots groups is the order of the day to eradicate state-sanctioned violence. In this training, we’ll discuss how to empower and heal our communities impacted by police violence and how to affect policy change as a coalition that shares resources, information, and campaign strategy.
Cat Brooks is an award winning actress and playwright. In her role as an artivist, she is also the host of “Law & Disorder” on KPFA and resident playwright and actress with The Lower Bottom Playaz in Oakland and 3Girls Theatre in San Francisco. As an organizer, she played a central role in the struggle for justice for Oscar Grant, and spent the last decade working with impacted communities and families to rapidly respond to police violence and radically transform the ways our communities are policed and incarcerated. She is the co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) and the Executive Director of the Justice Teams Network. Cat was also the runner-up in Oakland’s 2018 mayoral election, facing incumbent Libby Schaaf.
Since 1993, George Galvis has promoted restorative justice and healing to transform lives. Galvis is the Co-founder and executive director of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ, pronounced “courage”). He draws from personal experience and his indigenous roots to help young people, particularly those involved in the criminal justice system, become community leaders for positive change.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Galvis grew up in poverty and was exposed to profound domestic violence and drug abuse. At a young age he experienced racial targeting and systemic violence growing up in his neighborhood and at the age of 13 became involved in a street organization. At 17, George was incarcerated and charged with multiple felonies related to his participation in a drive-by shooting. Galvis’ experiences led to his life commitment as an advocate and organizer for elevating the power of young people most affected by criminalization and violence.
Galvis holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies and a Master’s in City Planning from UC Berkeley where he was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow. He has conducted and published extensive, primary research on alternatives to street violence utilizing culturally and spiritually based approaches to build and strengthen healthy individuals, families, and communities. . He has been an invited speaker and presenter to communities, schools, juvenile detention centers, prisons, universities and conferences throughout the United States and abroad, including the United Nations. He is a frequent commentator and guest on various radio, television, and has been featured in several documentary films.
Galvis advocates for at-risk youth, prisoners and formerly imprisoned individuals with children. As the Chair of the Board of Directors for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Galvis helped create All of Us or None, which fights for the rights of formerly and currently incarcerated people and families as well as Quest 4 Democracy, the largest formerly incarcerated people’s lobby day in the nation. He has led statewide advocacy efforts to transform punitive school and juvenile justice policies that disparately impact youth of color and has developed traditional rites of passage programs as healthy alternatives to gang violence. He helped to create and served as the Director of the California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice (CAYCJ), a broad coalition working collectively to end youth incarceration, youth treatment as adults, and build community capacity for alternatives to incarceration that empower young people in California. Galvis has serves on numerous boards and commissions. He currently serves as the Board Chair for the Circle for Justice Innovation Fund, a national grant making organization that invests in grassroots, formerly incarcerated movement building and is the Board Secretary of the Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted Peoples & Families Movement (FICPFM). Additionally, he is an Alameda County Juvenile Justice Commissioner.
Galvis was a leader of the Stop the Injunctions Coalition, which became the first community organizing effort in the nation to fully defeat a gang injunction in 2015. In addition, George has sponsored numerous state youth, criminal justice, and police accountability legislation and is a co-author of California’s Proposition 57 passed by voters in 2016. He has been a keynote speaker and presenter at schools, lock-down facilities, universities and conferences throughout the country and abroad, including the United Nations. George has been recognized by the Bay Area News Group & Comcast as a Hometown Hero and is a recipient of the 2013 California Peace Prize from The California Wellness Foundation.
George’s greatest achievement is his family. He is a loving husband to Catalina Garzon Sandoval and proud father of three beautiful daughters and wombyn warriors in the making Mikaela, Ayacaxtli, and Quillari as well as granddaughter “lil Mika”. His daughters and family inspire him every day to be a better man.
Cephus “Uncle Bobby X” Johnson, attended San Francisco State University as an undergraduate studying Ethic Studies and Black Studies. He is currently a computer systems engineer in Silicon Valley and is a U.S. military veteran.
He is a social justice activist at the forefront of ending police violence in America. After his nephew Oscar Grant was murdered by a BART officer in 2009, Cephus founded four grassroots social justice organizations—Love Not Blood Campaign, the Oscar Grant Foundation, California Families United 4 Justice, and the National Families United 4 Justice Network, a growing nationwide collective of 600 families impacted by police violence.
Cephus has received many awards for his social justice police accountability work. In 2019, he received The Black Panther Party Community Award; Oakland City Council Commendation Award; Oakland City Council Resolution for innovation Social Justice Award; and Frontline Warriors Keepers Award. He has served as an expert on the creation of the National Impacted Families Movement of Police Accountability work and has appeared on Katie Couric’s “Race in America,” MSNBC’s “Caught on Tape”, and others.
Currently the Love Not Blood Campaign, through its Families United For4 Justice Campaign, has a network membership of over 600 impacted families nationally. He considers ending police violence and supporting families who have been impacted by police his life’s work.