2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Joanna Cuevas Ingram
Joanna Cuevas Ingram
Name of Host Organization: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
City, State: San Francisco, California
Issue area: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Voting Rights/Electoral Participation
As an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the California Voting Rights Institute (CVRI) at The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) of the SF Bay Area, I plan to develop community-led strategies and community-based efforts to combat minority vote dilution, Voter ID laws and felon disenfranchisement by advocating in various forums throughout California and states throughout the Ninth Circuit, including courts, state legislatures, city councils and school boards. I plan to advance these efforts with a three-pronged approach, integrating (1) community-based outreach & education, (2) litigation and (3) independent scholarly research & legal education.
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness; Derrick Bell, Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth; Kimberlé Crenshaw, On Intersectionality: The Essential Writings of Kimberlé Crenshaw; Lani Guinier & Gerald Torres, The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy; Ian Haney-López, White By Law: The Legal Construction of Race; Kevin R. Johnson, Mixed-Race America and the Law: A Reader; Kevin R. Johnson, Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink its Borders and Immigration Laws; June Jordan, passion: new poems 1977-1980
Music I love:
Esperanza Spalding; José James; Ruben Blades; Yuna; Little Dragon; Abbey Lincoln; Sade; Billie Holiday; Mos Def; Sister Nancy; Nas; Erykah Badu; Bob Marley; Michael Jackson; Ismael Rivera; Celia Cruz; Goapele ...these are just a few of my favorites...all of these artists are imperfectly human and yet never fail to transform social consciousness into original, beautiful and popular artistic expression.
Words to live by:
"Love takes off the masks we think we cannot live without, but know we cannot live within." -James Baldwin