#GivingTuesday is a day of generosity and gratitude, and we want to thank you for supporting our work to #LetKidsBeKids and end youth incarceration. This year Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) is commemorating our 20th anniversary of building intergenerational Black female leadership in the fight for the rights of youth targeted by systems of incarceration and their families. FFLIC was founded in 2001 on the belief that those most directly impacted should lead permanent change. At that time, parents, many of them Black mothers, came together to support one another in advocating for their children who were caught up in Louisiana’s brutal and ineffective youth incarceration system.
Looking back, we are proud of our successes in the past twenty years, including our first campaign and the landmark closing of Tallulah Youth Correctional Facility in 2003. This is especially true because our experience has told us that it’s harder for Black-led organizations to survive and thrive. For the past two decades, FFLIC has continued our fight to eradicate youth prisons, build collective power for directly impacted families, help pass critical legislation, and advocate for healthy functioning networks of support through our #LetKidsBeKids platform.
FFLIC is now closer than ever to realizing our founding goals with the launch of our youth-led LA HOOP Coalition (Harvesting Opportunities Outside of Prison) and their #NoMorePrisons campaign. We would not have reached this point without you, our beloved partners and supporters. Your commitment to funding Black leaders and communities with the lived experience of racial oppression is the most direct path to dismantling systems of racism.
Your gift will be matched on a 1:1 basis up to $1,000! We thank you for standing with us in unity and strength to demand alternatives to punitive and abusive systems, and envision a world without bars.