Campaigns

In 2020, LIVE FREE launched a massive campaign to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to vulnerable communities being disproportionately impacted by the COVID pandemic. To date, we’ve raised over $4 million and have distributed masks, sanitizer, and other resources to thousands of individuals who are unhoused, incarcerated, and at risk for violence.

Since 2011, LIVE FREE has been working with faith leaders and those directly impacted by gun violence to implement effective community violence intervention efforts in cities throughout the country. Pre-pandemic, many of these cities had significant violence reductions, including Oakland, CA, our first city, which cut shootings and homicides in half.

LIVE FREE works to end the mass incarceration and criminalization of Black and Brown people by leading and supporting local, state, and national efforts to dismantle and replace the current criminal justice system, training and cultivating the leadership of formerly incarcerated leaders, and shifting the national narrative regarding what justice can and should look like in our country.

Street Certified is a coalition of formerly incarcerated leaders from across the LIVE FREE national network. The goal of this coalition is to build and maintain a leadership development pipeline of formerly incarcerated people across the country which will strengthen our national capacity to pass laws and policies that reduce incarceration and treat justice-impacted Americans with dignity.

LIVE FREE helped found the Black Brown Peace Consortium in 2018, a national partnership of Black and Brown-led organizations to reduce urban gun violence. The Consortium’s “Fund Peace Campaign” has led to significant funding victories in 2021, including over $1 billion in local and state commitments as well as the inclusion of $5 billion for community violence intervention as part of Congress’s Build Back Better Act.

LIVE FREE works to combat police violence and advocates for a full reconstruction of the public safety system in order to ensure that Black and Brown communities can live in peace and without fear.

LIVE FREE works to elevate the stories and experiences of those who the media often ignores or misrepresents. Working with our storytelling partners, we work to lift up the voices of those impacted by violence and incarceration.

Our Victories

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Reports and case studies

Reports

Read our testimony and recommendations for the issues that matter most to us and the communities we serve.

Our county policing reports provide tools for local communities to reduce the number of people of color lost to gun homicides and incarceration.

Take a look at each county’s scorecard, providing policing and prosecution practices, policy solutions, and a set of tools to challenge your local leaders to adopt proven reform strategies.

LESSONS FROM OAKLAND’S REDUCTION IN GUN VIOLENCE

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ENDING MASS INCARCERATION & CRIMINALIZATION

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FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER

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