While we can concentrate on all areas, weOklahoma Family Empowerment Center is committed to changing communities by being a social justice advocate. We value the ideas of respect, care, and equity; with a consciousness about the impact of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, family responsibility or family status, martial status, religious or political conviction, pregnancy, age, and disability. By recognizing the dignity of each individual, we seek to build a healthy community in all areas of existence. We especially seek to advocate in the areas of homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, racialized policing, and prison and jail reform.
Nearly 40% were sleeping on the streets, in encampments or otherwise “unsheltered.” The majority, 56%, reported a history of incarceration while nearly two-thirds had a disability of some kind.
* Increase public awareness of the intersections of homelessness,
mental health and substance abuse
*. More government funding in mental health
*. Increase the number of housing, mental health, substance abuse
The United States incarcerates its citizens more than any other country. Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts the poor and people of color and does not make us safer.
Racial disparities persist at every level from misdemeanor arrests to executions. The “tough on crime” policies that led to mass incarceration are rooted in the belief that Black and brown people are inherently guilty and dangerous—and that belief still drives excessive sentencing policies today.
*. Increase the number deferred to community programs for individuals
working through the dis-ease of substance abuse and mental health
* Reduce black and brown juveniles contact with law enforcement
* Reform the bail bond system
*. Reduce the number of wrongful convictions of black and brown adults
* Improve living conditions for inmates and working conditions for staff in
Oklahoma jails and prisons