Los Angeles is the epicenter of mass incarceration.
La Defensa, a project of Tides Advocacy, is leading a movement to decarcerate the largest jail population in the United States–the LA County jail system–by reducing the power and scope of the judiciary, law enforcement and the legal injustice system.
We do this by fighting for a fair & transparent pretrial process, state & local budgets that reflect our values, life-affirming alternatives to incarceration, and judicial accountability.
We build a broad anti-racist, feminist, and anti-capitalist movement led by the people most impacted by criminalization, economic injustice, and other forms of state control in LA County.
We believe in the importance of investment in community power that thrives on promoting health, wellness, love of our communities, transformative justice, and community accountability.
We approach our work with an abolitionist lense, and will not build things we will have to dismantle in the future.
We will not leave community members behind. We cannot accept positions that isolate or exclude certain members of our community, particularly we do not support positions that harden conditions or policies for those who are already among the most marginalized or oppressed.
We conduct our analysis and strategic movements with the understanding that white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy maintain the status quo.
We thrive on collaboration, inclusivity, and finding areas of joint struggle with allies who may not share all our same politics. We strive to make our work accessible, relevant, and inspiring to people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.