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Dignity and Power Now

For All Incarcerated People, Their Families, and Communities

Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.dignityandpowernow.org

Mission

To build a Black and Brown led abolitionist movement rooted in community power towards the goal of achieving transformative justice and healing justice for all incarcerated people, their families, and communities.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson

Main address

3655 South Grand Avenue Suite 260

Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA

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EIN

46-3064675

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dignity and Power Now understands that mass incarceration and state violence have specific impacts at the intersection of race and gender in Los Angeles. While conversations around incarceration largely focus on men, the massive increase in incarcerated women as well as the invisibility that women of color face inside jail facilities is glaring. Black women in particular make up a only a 9% of the county’s population of women but make up 30% of county jail population of women and 40% of jail population with designated mental health condition. This overshadowing of women of color in particular ignores the reality that incarceration produces violence against women in the form physical abuse, sexual violence, medical negligence, the violation of their reproductive rights, and an investment in carceral solutions to public health crisis. These forms of violence are often justified by a racialized construction of gender that deems women of color, Black women specifically, as gender d

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence

The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is an alliance of Los Angeles County community organizations who are building a movement to end state violence and mass incarceration. Since its inception the coalition has had four demands:

– Implement independent civilian oversight of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
– Decarcerate the LA County jail system
– Stop Jail Expansion
– Respect the civil and human rights of incarcerated people

The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails is lead by Dignity and Power Now and made up of the following organizations:
Action for Grassroots Empowerment and Neighborhood Development Alternatives
All of Us or None
American Civil Liberties Union Southern California
Black Worker Center
Californians United for a Responsible Budget
Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Community Coalition
Community Rights Campaign
Critical Resistance Los Angeles
East Los Angeles Community Corporation
Gender Justice Los Angeles
Immigrant Youth Coalition
Justice Not Jails
Los Angeles Community Action Network
Pastor Sauls from Holman Methodist Church
Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education
Street Poets
The Village Nation
Youth Justice Coalition

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Activists

Building Resilience is a working group comprised of healthcare providers, academics, and community members researching incarceration’s impact on mental health and advocating for alternatives through diversion programs and wellness clinics.

Monthly Building Resilience does an arts and healing pop-up outside of the L.A. County jails called Freedom Harvest.

In the summer of 2014 Dignity and Power Now’s Building Resilience was invited to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to brief the UN on a report identifying racial discrimination and abuse of Black people with mental health conditions in the Los Angeles jail system. The shadow report was included in the UN review of United States compliance with the International Convention to End all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Families

The Dandelion Rising Leadership Institute is a leadership development program for communities most vulnerable to incarceration. This program develops participants’ skills in effective organizing and public leadership. Working with high school students in Los Angeles County at their schools, at public meetings, and in the DPN office, DRLI is a powerful opportunity for students to take action.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Forever Rooted is DPN’s leadership development series that builds movement through expanding listening, story-telling, and facilitation skills to amplify the leadership and empowerment of formerly incarcerated people and their communities. Throughout the Forever Rooted series participants will imagine new versions of public safety, gain tools and practices to help move through trauma, and expand their capacity to transform themselves and their communities. Forever Rooted will generate creative and resilient communities that are empowered to fight for the dignity of incarcerated people. This series prioritizes the experiences of formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones in Los Angeles who are Black and Brown people, members of other communities of color, and people along the LGBTQ spectrum.

Goals:

– Expand and develop the leadership of formerly incarcerated people and their communities
– Increase the capacity of participants to imagine and build alternatives to existing models of public safety
– Amplify the resilience of participants and their communities
– Broaden the movement towards prison abolition, healing justice, and transformative justice
– Strengthen members commitment to DPN and increase DPN’s number of active members

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Adults

DPN Board Member Richard Edmond Vargas founded Success Stories inside of Soledad State prison, a prisoner-run, 55-member, 25-week group that aims to rehabilitate prisoners, primarily 35 years of age and under, gang members, and repeat offenders, by challenging them to explore the root causes of their lifestyle choices and provide the training necessary to have sustainable success.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Adults

DPN views our communications work as a program due to its strength and capacity to base build and skill build. Outside of our powerful social media and traditional media work, DPN is currently committed to expanding our video work and producing a steady stream of video content, developing our YouTube channel, and developing an app to make content easily accessible.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Activists

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars loaned to organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At Dignity and Power Now we seek and regrant designated funds to partner non profit organizations in two coalitions JusticeLA and the CareFirst Coaltion.

Number of clients placed in internships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Dandelion Rising Leadership Institute

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Communications

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training programs created

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Incarcerated people, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Forever Rooted

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Dignity and Power Now (DPN) is a Los Angeles based grassroots organization founded in 2012 that fights for the dignity and power of all incarcerated people, their families, and communities. Our mission is to build a Black and Brown led abolitionist movement rooted in community power towards the goal of achieving transformative justice and healing justice for all incarcerated people, their families, and communities.

Grounded in the principles of abolition, healing justice, and transformative justice, we have multiple programs centered around activism, health and wellness, and leadership building, including a coalition to end sheriff violence, a coalition to stop jail construction, an arts and wellness collective, a rapid response team of healers, a leadership institute for high school aged youth affected by incarceration, a leadership institute for people coming home from prison, a reentry program inside Soledad State Prison, and an influential media department. Immediate campaign focuses include establishing comprehensive and effective civilian oversight of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and allocating the money from LA County’s 3.5 billion dollar jail plan into mental health diversion programs and community resources.

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dignity and Power Now

Board of directors
as of 08/05/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Marie Cullors

Crenshaw Dairy Mart

Shalomyah Bowers

Black Lives Matter Global Network

Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson

Dignity and Power Now

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/22/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.