Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) Community Resource Manager’s (CRM) office held an incarcerated food sale for Indigenous Justice.
Staff distributed pizza and pies to incarcerated persons during the quarterly food sale.
SCC presented the proceeds during the Citizen’s Advisory Committee meeting held at City Hall in Sonora.
This highlighted the positive fundraising efforts of the incarcerated population.
Indigenous Justice, a non-profit organization in Sacramento, received the donations from the food sale.
Indigenous Justice has several initiatives; however, the funds raised are specific to the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) initiative.
These funds help support family members & indigenous communities with prayer vigils, events, policy, and advocacy efforts.
Incarcerated get involved
All three SCC yards participated in this event. Pizza Factory in Sonora supplied the pizzas and Save Mart Supermarket in Tuolumne County supplied the pies.
Pizza Factory and Save Mart reduced the cost of their items for this fundraiser.
This helped keep the cost reasonable for the incarcerated population and to aid in accomplishing more profit to donate. SCC raised over $6,600 in donations.
Michael Hermann, SCC’s Native American Spiritual Leader, coordinated a small ceremony shortly after the donation presentation.
Incarcerated members of a beading class wanted to present Indigenous Justice leaders with a donation of bead work. Motivational speeches, thanks, and songs followed the presentation.
“It is a way for us to help victims of crimes in the Indigenous community,” said the incarcerated.
Incarcerated muralist Forshay donated a portrait to support the MMIP initiative, specifically indigenous women, symbolizing women empowerment.
The day concluded with a visit to the spiritual grounds on Facility C, where the incarcerated population gave prayer, thanks, and sang songs.
Story submitted by Lt. Ruben S. Jauregui, AA/PIO
Sierra Conservation Center