About Choices for Freedom
Choices For Freedom is a nonprofit incorporated in California in 2016 with a mission to improve the lives of individuals and communities caught up in mass incarceration.
Choices brings cultural competence and life experience to its programs. Nate brings an in-depth understanding of the needs of our community, as well as a wide network of relationships both locally and internationally. Team members contribute extensive experience, working with detained youth, adults and the community.
Organization's Core Programs and Services: Choices for Freedom's core programs are designed primarily to be delivered inside and outside prisons and juvenile detention centers in California to systems impacted adults and youth. Core programs include the Path 2 Restoration arts and humanities curriculum based on work by Maya Angelou, art projects for children with incarcerated parents, healing circles, yoga and mindfulness training, poetry, film making, story telling, and music. Choices is active in the movement to reform the juvenile justice system, to get more rehabilitative and therapeutic services into prisons, and to assist individuals with reentry back into the community.
Organization's Racial Equity Statement: Choices honors and celebrates the rich history of African-American, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous communities throughout California and recognizes the important roles they have played in the political, cultural, and economic history of the region. We acknowledge that in Oakland we occupy traditional and unceded Ohlone land. We recognize the ongoing exclusion and dispossession of communities of color which has resulted in inequities in economic, political, and social power. We affirm the central role that the arts have played in the survival of these cultures, and we commit to working with them to promote their artistic traditions and innovations through public events and projects.
Nate has been providing both volunteer and paid services since his release in November 2012 and plans to continue the work of Choices for Freedom as long as there are people being incarcerated.