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Fired Up! is a grassroots network of people who have been or are currently, behind the walls of SF County Jail building community with others who are committed to breaking down the barriers those walls produce. In September 2011, two former prisoner members of California Coalition for Women Prisoners began a weekly "Personal Empowerment" group for women and male-identified people at SF County Jail. Six months later, nearly a dozen people go inside weekly and several members, who have been released, are part of our collective as it takes shape on the outside. There are members in the jail who have attended Fired Up! meetings every week since it began. Together, we seek to build a vision of community rooted in principles of healing, self-determination, and social justice movement building.

Reflections from Fired Up!’s 1 year anniversary celebration

The work we do, to many, appears contentious. “Oh, you work in the jails? With women? What’s that like?” People have trouble understanding. As I’m not always the best at giving appropriate or diplomatic answers, I thought, if I could … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Fired Up!

Below are photographs from our anniversary party and fundraiser. We celebrated one year of Fired Up! building community across the walls of S.F. county jail with a screening of the film, Still Time, testimonials and appreciations, an incredible cake, and sharing and … Continue reading

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Save the date: October 20, 2012 Film screening and 1 year anniversary celebration of Fired Up!

This September marks the 1 year anniversary of Fired Up! and it’s time to come together to celebrate our collective work and continue to nourish our grass roots so they grow strong in, through, and beyond the jail walls. We … Continue reading

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CUAV (Communities United Against Violence) visits Fired Up!

In early September, Maisha and Carolina, members from the organization CUAV or Communities United Against Violence visited Fired Up! and led a workshop for our members inside. CUAV has been around since 1979 and is a fierce organization dedicated to … Continue reading

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POWER (People Organized To Win Employment Rights) visits Fired Up!

Fired Up! is hard at work building with other grassroots social justice organizations in the Bay Area. In August, Three Breazell and Melissa Lemus, two interns from POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) came to our weekly self-empowerment group … Continue reading

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Alisha Coleman featured on Making Contact National Radio Project

Fired Up! member, Alisha Coleman was featured on the Making Contact National Radio Project show “Prison Crisis: Local Solution?” This show, originally aired on June 26, 2012, was produced by George Lavender and discusses the issue of realignment in California … Continue reading

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Photobooth pictures from Fired Up’s 1st Fundraiser

At our fundraiser on May 5th, we installed a photobooth so our outside members and allies could be photographed holding messages for our members inside. Some of the signs were made by our members inside and others we made the … Continue reading

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