BUILD POLITICAL POWER!
Dignity Power’s mission is to build political power amongst incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and impacted women and girls + across the country. Our founders have spent countless hours accumulating and combing through stories of lived experiences and science driven data relating to the incarceration of women and girls+ in the state of Florida. Our founders used that data to train our Dignity Power members on policy writing, lobbying, and advocacy in correlation to the data.
We believe that people with lived experiences of harm from the carceral state have the best knowledge on how to address that harm. We aim to transform the current carceral state and its retributive nature through legislation into a restorative system that is built on principles of dignity, equity, and safety.
We envision a therapeutic system that creates real safety for women and girls+ and addresses the unique needs of all women and girls, including people with transgender and non-binary experiences. We believe all women should be protected against sexual violence and retaliation. We do not believe that solitary confinement is an acceptable practice for dealing with the unique experiences of women and girls+.
What We Believe:
- That this is our America as much as it is anyone else’s. Four-hundred years of free labor and the decades of lost and denied opportunities is the investment we’ve made to gain an equity stake
- That the ideals upon which this country were founded are at the same time what once made the country great, and what has been its greatest failing
- That Black Women, as the most educated, politically active demographic in the nation are uniquely positioned to affect change, and that there has never been a time in our lifetimes when its been more important to do so
- And most importantly, that the Trump Administration through its policies, practices, incompetence, and neglect has destroyed our reputation around the world, endangered our citizens, and mutilated the very fabric and foundation of the promise this country once held for people of all races and economic backgrounds