OUR MISSION

Women on the Rise is a policy-advocacy organization of women targeted and/or impacted by the criminal legal system. Women on the Rise works to educate, heal, and empower ourselves, one another, and our communities to demand justice, dignity, and liberation for all.

CONTACT

 

2861 East Point Street
East Point, GA 30344

(404) 458-6904

info@rjactioncenter.org

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WHO WE ARE

HISTORY

 

Women on the Rise launched in 2013 as a project of the Racial Justice Action Center for formerly-incarcerated women of color and women targeted and/or impacted by the criminal legal system. Since our founding in 2013, Women on the Rise has won several victories, along with our partners, the Racial Justice Action Center and Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative, including: Launching #CloseTheJailATL #CommunitiesOverCages Campaign and passing legislation to close and repurpose the city’s extra jail through a community-led Design Taskforce process; Repealing 40 archaic “quality of life” municipal offenses in Atlanta, including reclassifying marijuana to a non-arrestable offense; Developing the Atlanta/ Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative through a community-led design process; “Banning the box” from 6 jurisdictions in Georgia, at the county and state-level, and removing barriers to employment for formerly-incarcerated individuals, as well as collaborating with national partners to carry 30,000 signatures to Washington, D.C. and conducting meetings resulting in an Executive Order to ban the box on federal employment applications; Growing our base and uplifting the leadership of over 300 formerly-incarcerated Women on the Rise members.
 

MISSION
Women on the Rise is a grassroots organization led by formerly incarcerated women of color. Women on the Rise works to educate, heal, and empower ourselves, one another, and our communities to demand justice, dignity, and liberation for all.
VISION
Women on the Rise envisions a world where women, families and communities are safe, whole and free. To bring that vision into existence, we transform lives, laws and social institutions.
 
STAFF

Executive Director, Co-Founder

MARILYNN WINN

Operations & Admin Coordinator

TERA BELL

Community Organizer

BRIDGETTE SIMPSON

Communications Associate

IVIE OSAGHAE
HARRIETT'S DAUGHTERS
Women on the Rise's member leadership body.
AGNES BENNETT

THERESA GODFREY
LOVETTE THOMPSON
SHARON TURNER
DR. JEAN KENNEDY
MARILYN LEE