Brenda Angelica Gutierrez Mora

Community Safety, Police Brutality and Prison Abolition


California’s rural communities are underserved throughout the state — struggles include conflicts with “one-size-fits-all” laws and codes, lower population densities, and large distances between cities. These factors translate into a conservative economic, social, cultural, and environmental landscape that lacks efficiency and effectiveness. The Center for Rural Justice seeks to address the gaps that exist in accessibility and affordability for impacted rural communities through a holistic transformative justice framework via participatory-action research, wellness-based modalities, and health and healing work. This project seeks to understand the complex historical and political landscape of the San Joaquin Valley, deconstruct its current fictions and formations, and partake in reclaiming and rebuilding communities grounded in wellness, sustainability, and community-lead notions of safety.