The Civil Survival Project

The Civil Survival Project

The Civil Survival Project organizes directly impacted people and invests in a leadership capacity to advocate for criminal justice reform. The criminal justice and reentry system are failing us so Civil Survival organizes people and empowers them to get active in creating real change. Their mission is to Educate, Motivate, and Liberate. That’s what Civil Survival is all about. Civil Survival teaches participants how to use their collective voice to create policy change that promotes liberty and justice for all. A lot of the Civil Survival participants have served time for mistakes they’ve made but not one of them was sentenced to a lifetime of unemployment, homelessness, and a mountain of debt.

The Civil Survival Project

They did their time so now it is time for them to be active participants in their communities. In recent years, Tara Simmons has emerged as a leading advocate in Washington for what she calls a “second chance” for people who’ve been involved in the criminal justice system. She noted that nearly 1 in 3 Americans have some sort of criminal record. Simmons co-chairs Washington’s Statewide Reentry Council and serves on a new sentencing reform task force. During the 2019 legislative session, she played a key role in the bipartisan passage of the New Hope Act, which creates a process by which people can petition to have their criminal convictions vacated.