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Who We Are
Families for Justice is a network of people based in Madison, Wisconsin (Dejope, Ho Chunk land) who are working to dismantle white supremacy through multi-generational community organizing and direct action.
We work to disrupt and dismantle racism and white privilege in our school systems and communities. To advance our efforts, we use tools such as honest and compassionate dialogue, political education, leadership development, community organizing, and direct action. We strive to do this work with courage, humility, and open hearts.  
We are committed to listening to and strategizing with those most impacted, and to engaging more white people and more white parents in being an active part of transforming our communities. Our priorities are informed by national organizations such as the Movement for Black Lives and local organizations such as Freedom Inc and Urban Triage
We define “family” broadly – our community is open to everyone.
Learn about our Core Values here.

What We do

Creating Space for education and community building 

We host periodic workshops, study groups, action-oriented gatherings, and an annual “family reunion”– with all ages welcome! We aim to provide space for people to question, learn, grow, and connect with others. Childcare is provided at our events.
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Action and Community Engagement

We push for systemic change that addresses the root causes of racial oppression. This work may take many forms: public forums, protests, press conferences, letters to the editor, or speaking out at city council and school board meetings. An important part of our work is putting pressure on our institutions and challenging them to enact these changes.


In partnership with BIPOC organizations, we advocate for significant investment in the communities and programs that need it most. This means fundraising and mutual aid, but also conducting broader work on resources, such as pushing for people and government entities to redistribute wealth and resources, and challenging racist narratives about whose voices, ideas, and programs matter most.


If your school, organization, network or group could use assistance in conceiving of or fulfilling a DEI goal, Families for Justice can help you find local BIPOC-led organizations and consultancies who do this work in our community. In the event that we’re in the best position to consult with you, we will redirect any payments for services to grassroots organizations led by people of color. We aren’t a designated non-profit and we don’t collect funds for our work.
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