Nonprofit Hosts Free Education Listening Sessions about the State’s Justice Reinvestment Fund

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Nonprofit Hosts Free Education Listening Sessions about the State’s Justice Reinvestment Fund

Project Roots AZ, a nonprofit organization with a community garden located in South Phoenix where locals can plant, grow and harvest their own food, is hosting two free listening sessions to educate Valley residents about the benefits of the recently-passed Justice Reinvestment Program.

 

The passage of Proposition 207 in November 2020 legalized and taxed the sale of recreational marijuana. The tax revenue was earmarked for a number of justice and community reinvestment initiatives. One of these initiatives is called the Justice Reinvestment Fund, which will allocate monies to nonprofit organizations to provide justice reinvestment programs in Arizona.

 

“The real key to the success of these listening sessions is the broadest participation possible – especially from community partners and beneficiaries of outreach like ours,” said Dionne Washington, Project Roots AZ Director of Operations “The perspectives and voices of our community, and the people we strive to help, are essential to ensuring the Justice Reinvestment program is successful and serves the people it was intended to benefit.”

 

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Office of Health Equity is responsible for distributing Justice Reinvestment funds to eligible Arizona nonprofits via a competitive grant process. Project Roots AZ is holding independent listening sessions to give individuals and groups who are impacted by arrest and incarceration an opportunity to define and prioritize what justice reinvestment programming means for their community. The priorities outlined by communities will aid in decision-making about the ADHS justice reinvestment program.

 

“I encourage anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the potential positive impacts this program can bring to the community to sit in and listen at one of the two upcoming sessions,” Washington added.

 

The next listening sessions are scheduled for Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. MST and Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. MST. Interested participants can attend an all-virtual listening session at no cost to discuss the recently passed Justice Reinvestment Fund. To register visit projectrootsaz.org   

 

Project Roots AZ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Phoenix, Ariz. Its mission focuses on ways to educate the community about growing their own food through various educational programs. Project Roots AZ supports the homeless and those with food insecurities by feeding them from local community gardens and mobile kitchen services as well as supplying hygiene items, clothing and shelter. The organization also offers free yoga sessions at Spaces of Opportunity and free kids gardening classes each week. Volunteers and donations to support the gardens are always appreciated. Project Roots AZ offers seasonal produce box delivery services in many parts of the Phoenix area and can be found at Farmers Markets throughout the Valley. For more information, visit https://www.projectrootsaz.org/

 

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