outside of court.
BUILDING THE DEFENDER MOVEMENT
Zealous is building a coordinated community of bold, strategic, and confident public defender advocates prepared to step outside of court, forge and strengthen critical alliances, create high impact campaigns, harness media instead of running from it, and take the passion and fight they bring to their work every day to the streets and halls of power to demand, effectively, what every person deserves: basic fairness.
from leaders in an array of disciplines: storytelling, organizing, policymaking, journalism, technology, design, and social media.
with fellow public defenders from around the country and challenging each other to shift the narrative around what “justice” should look like.
how to build powerful campaigns and coalitions that can transform criminal legal systems locally and nationally.
a coordinated national community of defenders equipped to leverage their expertise to maximize policy impact.
We fight in court, but many of the injustices we see cannot be changed from inside alone. Outside of court, we can challenge the public narrative and move lawmakers to change laws for the better.
We see and understand how the web of racist, unfair, and wasteful criminal laws and policies exacerbate poverty and public health issues and devastate lives without making communities safer.
We are uniquely positioned to help in the fight to end mass criminalization alongside grassroots organizers and those who are directly impacted.