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Featured Organization: Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project

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Riot Alliance teams up with Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project for the months of August - October as its featured social justice organization!

Co-founders Joanna Visser Adjoian and Lauren Fine recognized the need for improved outcomes for youth in the adult criminal justice system, particularly in Pennsylvania. There is no minimum age at which children can be tried as adults for certain crimes in Pennsylvania, and PA is also the state with the most individuals serving life without parole sentences for crimes committed as children in the world. 

YRSP improves outcomes for youth in Pennsylvania's adult criminal justice system by advising their attorneys at trial, and by supporting incarcerated youth and their families both during and following their release from prison.  

Approaching sentencing from a youth-specific lens is crucial to reducing sentencing for youth, and focusing efforts on youth having higher prospects for reform.  Read more about this issue HERE. 

On August 9th, Riot Alliance participated in Art Star's summer pop-up market at Spruce Street Harbor Park to kick off three months of support for YSRP! 

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After multiple custom jewelry orders over the last two months (10% of all profits going to YSRP) Riot Alliance is THRILLED to participate in the YSRP NYC LAUNCH PARTY this Thursday, October 16th! 25% of all sales will benefit YSRP. Here's a sneak peak at one of the pieces available for purchase:

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Riot Alliance looks forward to a great event and a continued partnership with an incredible organization! Let us nourish a future of possibility, not penalization, for our youth.

If you would like to donate but cannot the attend the event, click HERE.

Want to support through your Riot Alliance jewelry purchase? Place a custom order before November 1st and 10% of the proceeds will benefit YSRP! Place an order HERE. You can also check out Riot Alliance at GETLUCID! at Underground Arts on 10/30.

Featured Social Justice Project: Move Mountains Project

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When my good friend Miguel told me he and fellow artists were going to organize an entrepreneurship and art community-education program focused on building a platform for the youth leaders of San Luis, Colorado,  I was super excited to get involved.

 

San Luis, Colorado, is not just the oldest city in Colorado; it is set in the majestic 7000 feet high plateau San Luis Valley, surrounded by the magical and sacred Sangre de Cristo mountains and the country of the great Apache people.The setting is the high alpine cultural heartland of the Rio Arriba or Upper Rio Grande Headwaters communities of Spanish-Mexican-Mesoamerican-Native American-Sephardic-Persian-Moroccan peoples otherwise known as Chicanos/Chicanas.

 

During the summer months there are few engaging opportunities for the youth of San Luis, Colorado therefore they often do not see a value to their land and the generational struggle for its sovereignty. This compromises the health of the community and could put the land at risk for exploitation from outside forces that do not have the interests of San Luis and its people in mind.

 

Due to a lack of economic opportunities, young leaders are few and far between in the San Luis community. This leaves a gap between High School aged youth and the elders. Young professionals doing social justice work in other parts of the country may be unaware of indigenous struggles like the land rights struggle in San Luis and the similarities with urban struggles on the east coast.

 

Though ultimately I could not make it to Colorado, Riot Alliance proudly represented Move Mountains Project as its first featured social justice project and donated proceeds from jewelry sales in Philadelphia to help the movement in San Luis!

Check out photos, videos, and updates from Move Mountains here!