Legal and Judicial ActivismCommunity Safety, Police Brutality, and Prison Abolition

George Markarian, 2013 Fellow, transferred from Los Angeles Valley College to the University of California, Berkeley in the fall of 2013. There he majored in political science with a focus on comparative politics and a minor in public policy. George was born in East Los Angeles, lived five years in Argentina, and grew up in one of the tougher neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Motivated by his experiences growing up in a minority-majority neighborhood in Los Angeles George received his GED and entered college where he became more active on campus and in his community. He began to invest his time in improving the access of disenfranchised communities to quality public education and was elected to serve as the vice-president of the Los Angeles Valley College student government and a senator in Student Senate for California Community Colleges, the statewide student government. He worked as a field coordinator on two electoral campaigns and is an alumnus of the Roosevelt Institute Summer Academy and Young People For. During his free time, he enjoys relaxing at the beach, listening to music, and staying active.


Phone: IGNITE Georges Blueprint, Invest in Graduation Not Incarceration, Transform Education (IGNITE), which aims to pass several bills and a senate constitutional amendment within the University of California system and to urge the University of California Office of the President to allocate $10 million to a student-run recruitment and retention center instead of investing in prisons. Through the student-legislative process, IGNITE will address intersectional issues and create real and sustainable institutional change leading to a reduced prison population, higher college graduation rates, and more equality of opportunity for historically disenfranchised groups.