Grantee Cohort Spring 2018, Spring 2020
The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPM) is a network of over 50 civil and human rights organizations led by people with conviction histories and their families. Art for Justice supports its efforts to restore voting rights for people who were incarcerated and eliminate cash bail, as well as plan for its 2020 national conference. The Movement will also leverage the grant funding for COVID-19 rapid response efforts, including mutual aid and legal intervention for decarceration.
Art for Justice invested in FICPM through Forward Justice. Specifically, the Fund supported it hosting the 2019 Presidential Candidate Town Hall at Eastern State Penitentiary – the first debate attended exclusively by formerly incarcerated people. The Movement will lead the advocacy fight to restore voting rights for Flordians with felony convictions, and launch the Quest for Democracy Fund to support grassroots organizations.
Through its Art for Justice Activating Art and Advocacy grant, FICPM and the Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice will create a film showing the journey of the families of two young Latinx men murdered by the police as they gather the support and tools needed to demand justice. Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice has identified a gap in understanding of the ways in which police violence impacts Latinx communities. This project, along with Communities United’s ongoing organizing work, aims to create a new consciousness and to join Latinx and Black communities in the fight against police violence.