ZEALOUS IS A NATIONAL ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION INITIATIVE WORKING TO TOPPLE THE HISTORIC IMBALANCE OF POWER OVER CRIMINAL JUSTICE MEDIA AND POLICY. WE DO THIS BY SUPPORTING AND TRAINING PUBLIC DEFENDERS, ADVOCATES, AND PEOPLE WITH DIRECT EXPERIENCE TO HARNESS THE POWER OF MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY, STORYTELLING, AND THE ARTS.More About Zealous
We design and implement trainings, law school courses, and toolkits on media, storytelling, communications, and policy advocacy.
We support local partners to develop cutting-edge social justice advocacy campaigns that harness technology, arts, media, and firsthand storytelling strategies.
We build relationships between journalists & public defenders, advocates, and directly-impacted people to amplify perspectives and insights.
We forge and strengthen a wide-ranging, national collaborative advocacy tapestry between expected and unexpected allies & co-conspirators for Justice.
Institute: National Training
The launch of the Zealous defender community. An immersive, national media and movement building training. 52 defenders, representing 42 different offices, in 27 different states.explore
Project: Shedding Light
State violence inside Texas county jails is kept hidden, invisible. This is a growing, digital archive of first hand accounts from those inside and their loved ones. To shed light on the routine atrocities.explore
A growing digital archive of approximately 100 letters shared by people caged in solitary confinement in Michigan. An immersive arts/advocacy experience and a growing collection of art inspired by the letters.explore
Campaign: Still In Prison
A campaign to topple a racist law in Oregon and free the people it imprisons.explore
Campaign: Need to Talk
We produced a billboard to engage New Yorkers and the country in an urgent, nuanced conversation about what “defund the police” really means.explore
Cassandra Greer-Lee made 132 calls to request help to protect her husband Nick from COVID-19 in the Cook County Jail. No one answered or responded. He died. Now she is fighting to ensure no one else suffers the same fate.explore
Campaign: For The Sixth
A campaign to end user pay and fully fund public defense in Louisiana. The first in a series of a national education and action initiatives to make the Sixth Amendment mean something.explore
Campaign: Gasping for Justice
Zealous designed a campaign with local defenders to amplify the voices of people in Prince George's County, MD jail. We didn't have cell phone footage. But we had sworn statements.explore