With the rising rates of incarceration, not only in the Bay Area, but in the U.S. overall, many more people are beginning to feel the squeeze of mass incarceration. Those who have incarcerated loved ones may rarely be the focus of sympathy when someone is locked up, but families, and specifically women in those families get hit hard. These women are left to manage finances, care for children and hold families together, often at an enormous personal cost. Essie Justice Group will build a movement to support and connect women, and empower them to advocate for change in the justice system. The Essie group has set up the non-profit #StandWithHer program in order to provide support for women in these situations.
More information on Essie can be found here, at StandWithHer.org, and you can do worlds of help as well. Essie has been selected by Google in the ‘Google Impact challenge’, and Essie’s plan is to win a grant that will reach 1000 women and families over the next two years, and impact thousands more by shifting public attitudes and criminal justice policies. Click any of the photos to cast your vote, share the post, and help women left in need by the effects of mass incarceration.