From Santa Cruz to Riverside, our Solís Policy Institute (SPI) Local Class of 2022 reflects the diversity of California and showcases an incredible network of individuals and organizations advancing equity and justice through local feminist policy.
Whether they are making sure formerly incarcerated folks can access affordable housing or building city-wide climate equity goals, the range and scope of the policy projects each SPI Local team has taken on this year is tremendous:
- Our Criminal Justice Reform team supports the development of local alternatives to law enforcement response when a non-violent emergency call is placed in Santa Cruz County.
- Working with the City of San Diego, our Community Health team implements local and actionable climate equity goals to support robust and resilient communities.
- Addressing the specific needs of survivors of gender-based violence within the transgender community, our Trauma Services & Prevention team works to create opportunities that cultivate healing, empowerment, and prevention throughout San Francisco.
- Based in western Riverside, our second Criminal Justice Reform team creates more housing opportunities for formerly incarcerated folks by reversing discriminatory housing policy.
- Championing the rights of transgender and intersex folks, our second Community Health team advocates for the creation of an Office of Transgender and Intersex Affairs in Los Angeles County.
- Focused on the high desert region of LA county, our Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice team advances the needs of Black Angelenos who are pregnant or parenting young kids while experiencing homelessness.
Each of these leaders and the teams they’ve formed embody our belief that those closest to the problem are the best equipped with the solutions. We are thrilled to have such a powerful cohort creating change and building our feminist future in local communities across California.
We can’t wait to see what they can create together!