Alcohol Justice

The Industry Watchdog

aka Alcohol Justice, Marin Institute, AJ, MI, TMI, Free The Bowl, San Rafael Alcohol and Drug Coalition, Youth for Justice, California Alcohol Policy Alliance, Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Policy Alliance   |   San Rafael, CA   |  www.alcoholjustice.org

Mission

Alcohol Justice, the industry watchdog (formerly Marin Institute) promotes evidence-based public health policies and organizes campaigns with diverse communities and youth against the alcohol industry's harmful practices. We envision healthy communities free of the alcohol industry's negative impact.

Note: Alcohol Justice is a "Supporting Organization" of Marin Community Foundation, as well as a 501(c)(3) public foundation (since 1987).

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Mr. Cruz Avila MA

Main address

24 Belvedere Street

San Rafael, CA 94901 USA

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Formerly known as

The Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems

Marin Institute or The Marin Institute

Alcohol Justice

EIN

68-0152770

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (E05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Alcohol Justice works in policy and prevention, to create a social environment free from the negative influences of alcohol industry lobbying, marketing and alcohol accessibility, especially to protect vulnerable ethnic groups and youth.

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 alcohol industry watchdog

1. Alcopops and Youth collaborations: MI works to raise the prices, change sale locations, and correctly tax "alcopops".
2. Policy and Research: MI shows the true cost of alcohol to society by using evidence-based research and economic analysis.
3. Ad-Watch: Marin Institute monitors and exposes egrigious advertising marketed to youth, Latinos and African-Americans -- which off use degrading images of women.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Charge for Harm: an effort to support alcohol prevention and treatment programs through appropriate taxes and fees on alcohol production or sales.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) shall unite diverse organizations and communities in California to protect health and safety, and prevent alcohol-related harm through statewide action.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We work to ensure a social and lived environment free of the alcohol industry's negative influence.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Youth For Justice (YFJ) builds Latinx youth leadership in the Canal District of San Rafael, supporting youth activism for policy and environmental prevention of alcohol use and other substances among their peers. YFJ is the organizational home for 80 youth annually to meet and grow in a safe, pro-social, culturally and linguistically conscious environment with support from community organizers, case managers and restorative justice volunteers. Some of the YFJ participants are diverted from probation into community leadership and into YJF’s Four Pillars practice: 1) Latinx/indigenous culture; 2) healthy living/eating; 3) nature connection and 4) advocacy against harmful drugs and alcohol.

Population(s) Served

Alcohol Justice convenes meetings, art and cooking classes, leadership training, youth summits and a 2-week summer Youth Justice Academy to provide safe space for pro-social activity. These programs are offered in both Spanish and English. All activities are linguistically and culturally appropriate, based on our “Four Pillars”: Latinx/indigenous culture, health/healthy eating, nature/outdoors connection, and Youth-led advocacy/organizing. La Cultura Cura (culture-as-cure) approach informs our work, and trauma-informed care.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Immigrants
Low-income people
Young adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Immigrants
Low-income people

Where we work

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.

We create policies to regulate and tax alcohol products.

We publish reports, send out newsletters and action alerts, organize coalitions, and staff youth-based organizations to advocate for policy change.

We staff three coalitions in California, we produce national newsletters, fact sheets and action alerts, and mobilize youth and diverse communities to take action for policy change.

1. Eliminated all public property advertising of alcohol in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the BART system.
2. Created policies to remove caffeine from flavored malt beverages (alcopops).
3. Assisted Lakota activists in closing down 4 alcohol outlets in Whiteclay, Nebraska.
4. We have led the fight against 4 a.m. bar last call in California.
5. We exposed numerous harmful and inappropriate alcohol products that have been put on the market, often causing the withdrawal of the products.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Alcohol Justice

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Zaldivar

Executive Director and Founder The Wall Las Memorias Project

Term: 2017 - 2021

Cathy Summa-Wolfe

Larry Meredith

John Hanley

SF Fire Department

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Yes
  • 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 10/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/19/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.