Ending Money Bail
Main objective is to create a growing number of individuals that support the elimination of money bail in California through the public education focused on the inefficiencies and predatory nature of the bail industry. Participants will understand the history of criminalization for people of color in the United States. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the bail system, the problems and tangible solutions to the problem. Finally participants will walk away with next steps on how to get involved and be plugged into the fight to end money bail
SATURDAY November 4th - 10:30am - 11:45am
ACLU of California
Charlie Fredrick is a Senior Organizer at the ACLU of Northern California, focusing on police practices and criminal justice reform. As a white anti-racist, queer/trans, and feminist-identified person from a working-class background, Charlie is dedicated to bringing an intersectional approach to their social change work. They were first politicized in the late 90’s by the global justice people’s movement and the collective social imaginary that “another world is not only possible but is on its way.” Charlie recognized early on that building another world meant building strong organizational and community resiliency so that we can not only fight against oppression, but build the future we want in the here and now. When not working, Charlie enjoys reading, listening to music, and cooking soul food with friends.
ACLU of Southern California - Director of Criminal Justice/Policy and Advocacy Counsel
Jess Farris is director of criminal justice and drug policy/policy and advocacy counsel at the ACLU of Southern California. Since 2013, she has provided research and strategy guidance for ACLU SoCal chapters and works on varied policy and advocacy issues, with a focus on privacy/surveillance and criminal justice. Previously, Jess worked at Innocence Matters, where she provided direct legal representation and worked on policy objectives and public advocacy aimed at preventing and correcting wrongful convictions. Jess now serves on its board of directors. While attending Drexel Law School, Jess worked over 450 pro bono hours investigating and co-authoring the habeas corpus petition that freed an innocent man after 19 years of imprisonment. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Philosophy and English, earned an M.A. with high honors in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin, where she focused on post-colonial theory, and received a J.D. magna cum laude from Drexel Law School, where she was a Merit Law Scholar and received the faculty award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service Honor
ACLU of Southern California - Community Engagement & Policy Advocate
Luis Nolasco is community engagement and policy advocate at the ACLU of Southern California, working from the Inland Empire Office. Luis has been an active organizer and policy advocate in the Inland Empire for several years. He is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, and co-founder of the Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition. He also participated in Pomona’s Day Laborer Center’s Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Campaign in 2013, advocating for just immigration reform. Before joining ACLU SoCal, he served as a detention reform coordinator at the Justice for Immigrants Coalition where he worked with state, congressional and law enforcement leaders regarding ICE holds, the TRUST Act, and other detention-related issues.