MOVING ADVOCACY OUT OF COURT.
Public defenders and defender offices are an untapped reservoir of expertise and energy to transform the systems that harm and deprive the people hauled into them access to justice.
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.
Zealous is building a coordinated community of public defender advocates. To step outside of court. To forge and strengthen alliances. To harness media.
To create high impact campaigns. And to take the fight they bring to their work every day to the streets and halls of power to demand better for all.