Activist Groups

Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP)

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) is a national grassroots organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment. CEDP believes that those who have experienced the horrors of death row first hand-death row prisoners themselves and their family members-should be at the forefront of our movement. Their experiences help to shape our strategies. CEDP has chapters across the U.S. and also organizes against mass incarceration more broadly. The former National Director of the CEDP appears in Broken On All Sides.

Campaign to End the New Jim Crow

The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow is a grassroots organization based in New York City. It is committed to building a movement with the goal of replacing prisons and life-long discrimination with caring communities. The group was created out of study groups around Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow.

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC)

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC) is a national network of several thousand progressive black churches. Inspired by The New Jim Crow, SDPC has made ending mass incarceration and building a new moral consensus its main priority for the coming years, and committed itself to consciousness raising and movement building from a faith perspective. Together with Michelle Alexander they launched the To Be Free At Last Movement.

Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People's Movement (FICPM)

The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People's Movement (FICPM): The vision of FICPM is to change the criminal justice system and find alternatives to incarceration, and work toward a society where prisons do not exist. FICPM is committed to fighting for the full restoration of civil and human rights for all people, particularly those who have been convicted by the criminal justice system and the communities they represent. The coalition is made up of several Nation Organizations that are listed on their website.

Critical Resistance

Critical Resistance is one of the oldest organizations committed to grassroots movement building to end mass incarceration. It seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. There are chapters in CA and New Orleans, LA, and Houston, TX.

International Socialist Organization (ISO)

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) has branches across the U.S. It is committed to building a left alternative to a world of war, racism, and poverty. Any fight to end mass incarceration will have to address how power and wealth in this country are distributed, directly tied to the capitalist system--where the few who rule profit from the labor of the vast majority of the population. The ISO is committed to building broad-based democratic movements that can win reforms today, as well as lay the roots for the a major transformation of society in the years ahead.

American Friends Service Committee

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that addresses many issues of peace and justice, including criminal justice reform. Almost since its founding, AFSC has carried the concern for prisoners, as well as victims, believing that even if a person is convicted of a crime, incarceration should not take away their inherent dignity or humanity.

What people are saying

"Broken On All Sides is a compelling documentary addressing racial inequities within our criminal justice system and its devastating collateral consequences. It is an excellent resource to use in educating, motivating, and empowering your group, organization, or community on this critical issue."

James E. Williams, Jr.

Public Defender & Chair of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Criminal Justice System


"Broken On All Sides is an invaluable teaching resource. The American penal system has to be at the center of any discussion of racial inequality, and this documentary powerfully demonstrates the human toll of this inhumane system. While clear-eyed in its assessment of the many obstacles to change, it is a compelling call to action."

Greta Snyder

Instructor of Racial Politics, University of Virginia