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    Pillars of the Community

    Addressing Racially Biased Police Stops in Southeast San Diego

    San Diego, CA

    Discriminatory law enforcement practices have disproportionately subjected Black and Latinx people to police stops and harassment. This issue is prevalent in San Diego, where the community has identified harmful police department practices that exacerbate the negative impacts and consequences of being documented as a gang member, whether rightly or wrongly. Despite a 2019 resolution in the city to start lifting gang injunctions, the San Diego Police Department continues to stop, harass, and dehumanize Black and Latinx residents, which can have devastating impacts on their lives and restrict their activities. Pillars of the Community has worked to provide data on gang enhancements (additional increased punishment or sentences) in the city and educate community members and policymakers on the issue of gang enhancements.

    With Catalyst Grant funding, Pillars of the Community will partner with Catalyst California to obtain administrative data from California’s Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) to evaluate racial biases in the patrol activities of the San Diego Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit. They will supplement those data with a collection of first-person stories from affected residents. Findings will be presented on a webpage with interactive visuals that the organization and other partners can use in advocacy and campaign efforts. The organizations hope that the data collected will give community members a voice and drive front-end legal system reforms in San Diego.


    2023 Grantees

    Beyond the Bars
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    Black Voters Matter
    Fulton County, GA

    Center for Policing Equity
    St. Louis, MO

    Chicago Appleseed
    Cook County, IL

    Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
    Los Angeles, CA

    DC Fiscal Policy Institute
    Washington, DC

    Forward Through Ferguson
    St. Louis City and County, MO

    Freedom Community Center
    St. Louis, MO

    Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association
    Cuyahoga County, OH

    Homeward Bound
    Dallas County, TX

    Sacramento, CA

    Innovate Memphis
    Memphis, TN

    Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
    Washtenaw County, MI

    Just Communities Arizona
    Pima County, AZ

    Justice Management Institute
    New Orleans, LA

    Mediation and Restorative Services
    Anoka County, MN

    People of Progression
    Outagamie County, WI

    Phoenix Youth and Family Services
    Ashley County, Bradley County, Chicot County, Desha County, and Drew County, AR

    Project Curate
    Harris County, TX

    Pillars of the Community
    San Diego, CA

    Safer Foundation
    Cook County, IL

    San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project
    San Francisco, CA

    Starting Over, Inc.
    Riverside County, CA

    Denver, CO

    United Way of South Central Michigan
    Jackson County, MI