Royalties from the 10th anniversary edition of The New Jim Crow will be donated to the MOSAIC Fund for Justice. The fund was created in 2016 by Michelle Alexander to support organizations committed to racial justice and the liberation of all. We encourage anyone and everyone who is committed to ending mass incarceration and reimagining justice in America to contribute any amount.
A sampling of organizations that have been, or will be, supported by the fund are listed below. The fund prioritizes organizations that are led by people who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration and/or that are deeply rooted in the communities they serve.
Please donate to the MOSAIC Fund for Justice here.
A New Way of Life Reentry Project, promotes healing, power and opportunity for formerly incarcerated women through direct services designed to mitigate the harms of mass incarceration while also engaging in strategic movement building to end discrimination against people with criminal records and to dismantle the system of mass incarceration as a whole. We provide housing, case management, pro bono legal services, advocacy and leadership development for women seeking to rebuild their lives after prison. Once they find stability, they are supported and encouraged to become community leaders. We provide an annual training program called Women Organizing for Justice and Opportunity (WOJO), which allows formerly incarcerated women to get involved in the movement for social justice and develop their leadership skills.
Action St. Louis was born out of the Ferguson Uprisings of 2014. Initially organized as a coalition, Action’s history is rooted in collective direct action against systemic racism and state violence. Action St. Louis is a grassroots racial justice organization that seeks to build political power for Black communities in the St. Louis region by leveraging organizing, communications, advocacy and direct action to mitigate harm against our communities while fighting for long term transformation.
All of Us or None is a grassroots civil and human rights organization fighting for the rights of formerly and currently incarcerated people and our families. We are fighting against the discrimination that people face every day because of arrest or conviction history. The goal of All of Us or None is to strengthen the voices of people most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the prison-industrial complex. Through our grassroots organizing, we are building a powerful political movement to win full restoration of our human and civil rights
BYP100 is National, member-based organization of Black 18-35 year-old activists and organizers, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action, organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens. BYP100 envisions a world where all Black people have economic, social, political, and educational freedom.
The Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, Illinois. Through a revolving fund, CCBF supports individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence. Inability to pay bond results in higher rates of conviction, longer sentences, loss of housing and jobs, separation of families, and lost custody of children. By paying bond, CCBF restores the presumption of innocence before trial and enables recipients to remain free while fighting their cases. CCBF also engages in public education about the role of bond in the criminal legal system and advocates for the abolition of money bond. CCBF is committed to long-term relationship building and organizing with people most directly impacted by criminalization and policing.
Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, we operate the first alternative-to-incarceration and victim-service program in the United States that focuses on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing, and justice for survivors and their communities.
The Detroit Justice Center is a non-profit law firm working alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities. We seek a balance of “defense, offense, and dreaming.” We must do what we can to alleviate present suffering. We are also committed to transformational change and building a template for a more just society. It is not enough to focus on what we are fighting against; we must focus on what we are fighting for. We invite people to dream of a better future and to work toward it with us.
DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving is a multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian and Indo-Caribbean immigrant workers and youth in New York City. The Racial & Immigrant Justice program wages campaigns at the local and national level to gain just immigration reforms and to end racial profiling through policy change. Our members and leaders who are directly affected by detention, deportation, racial profiling, surveillance, and immigration enforcement lead the campaigns. Our membership of over 3,000 adults, youth, and families is multigenerational and represents the diaspora of the South Asian communities – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Guyana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, and beyond. In over a decade, we have built a unique model of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean undocumented workers, women, and youth led organizing for rights and justice from the local to the global.
We are named after Ella Baker, a brilliant, black hero of the civil rights movement. Following in her footsteps, we organize with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources away from prisons and punishment, and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy, and strong. We believe that what you water grows. That’s why we mobilize everyday people to build power and prosperity in our communities. We believe that budgets are moral documents, and we organize with allies to demand that elected officials enact budgets that reflect our values. We win policies that reduce sentences, remove barriers, and restore opportunities. And we change the conversation about public safety to be less focused on fear and punishment, and more focused on having a living wage job, healthy food, and affordable childcare, healthcare, and housing.
Essie Justice Group is a non-profit organization of women with incarcerated loved ones taking on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration. Our award-winning Healing to Advocacy Model brings women together to heal, build collective power, and drive social change. Women who join one of our cohorts commit to nine-weeks of 3-hour weekly sessions. During the nine weeks, 12 -15 women move together through individually held pain to begin journeys of collective healing, share resources that offer beams of support to families during crisis, and gain confidence to advocate for change. We are building a membership of fierce advocates for race and gender justice — including Black and Latinx women, formerly and currently incarcerated women, Transwomen, and gender non-conforming people.
FRRC is a grassroots membership organization run by Returning Citizens (Formerly Convicted Persons) who are dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions, and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system that will enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety.
The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement is committed to fight for the full restoration of civil and human rights for all people, particularly those who have been convicted by the criminal justice system and the communities they represent. The criminal justice system has rendered millions of people, and their families, into an under-caste of society, with no regard for rights or justice. We will speak in our own voices. We will recognize all impacted people, including the voices of criminalized and incarcerated adults and youth, as we develop both regional and national accountability. By coming together as one under a national platform, we will engage in legislative activity, litigation, advocacy and mass mobilization in this struggle against systemic oppression. We will agitate, organize, educate, and mobilize in a structure that is broad enough to embrace the various motivations, skills, and tactics of those who take up the banner of this movement. This mass movement of the people is an extension of the work that has been led by those most affected by the prison system, yet inclusive of all people willing to mobilize for social justice and the end of mass incarceration.
At Families for Justice as Healing, our mission is to end the incarceration of women and girls. We work on campaigns to challenge the power of police, prosecutors, and prisons and transform the criminal punishment system. We bring the expertise and experience of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and our families to public policy work in Massachusetts. We have an open meeting every Wednesday from 6-8pm for people who are being prosecuted and their families to receive support and strategize to fight for the best outcomes in their case. We do this work in collaboration with our partners at the Massachusetts Bail Fund. We work within our community to create alternatives to the current system that will meet the needs of women and our families.
Healing Broken Circles provides meaningful opportunities inside and outside prison to heal, learn, and thrive for those touched by the justice system. We believe people are not fixed. Nor can they be fixed by others. No person is defined by one act or moment in time and each person is responsible for their own change and growth. What we do is support and create opportunity for change and growth. We identify and build on existing strengths and capacities to create opportunities and/or develop interventions to nurture growth and change. Everyone deserves respect and dignity. We develop our programs in partnership with the men and women we serve. Our services include but are not limited to education, consciousness raising, collaboration with community partners, and engaging participants and volunteers in work for positive social change.
We provide legal assistance to people who are typically discarded in the criminal justice system. We represent clients whose human rights were violated in prison; we assist people with criminal convictions in search of housing, education and employment; we work with Ohio’s lawmakers and community leaders to advocate for fair, redemptive criminal justice reform. All of our legal services are free and are provided through a trauma-informed lens.
We are Latinx and Chicanx people that are part of movements for justice and self-determination for all people. We are pro-Black, pro-indigena, pro-worker, pro-mujer, pro-Lesbian Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer, pro-migrant because we hold all of those identities, and because our unity against shared oppressions is central to our vision for change. We cannot sustain and thrive in isolation or in movements that exile parts of our community or expect us to hide who we are to participate. We are Latinx and Chicanx people who want to see our entire community thrive, brought together by a shared consciousness of the challenges we face and a deep-seated need for co-development and kinship across identity, generation, language and place.
For over thirty years, Project South has grown to become a trusted movement anchor organization for social justice work in the U.S. South. Recognized for the production of popular education tools, curriculum, and workshops that support grassroots organizers, educators, and activists, Project South also affects policy at the municipal level, produces reports and analysis that impact decision-makers, innovates organizing methodologies, and provides an institutional hub for organizers to develop shared regional plans that match the urgency of this political moment while building long-term infrastructure.
SONG is a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. We build, sustain, and connect a southern regional base of LBGTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities, including a major campaign against cash bail. SONG builds this movement through leadership development, intersectional analysis, and organizing.
Survived & Punished is a prison abolition organization specifically focused on criminalized survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We aim to raise awareness about the integrated relationship between systems of punishment and the pervasiveness of gender violence and initiate mass defense projects that will free all survivors.
Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) is a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, the drug war, homelessness, and mass incarceration in order to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, public education, direct services, participatory research and direct action.