July 10: Please sign the Change.org petition linked in the post!
July 8, 2020 - Update: The PPP application deadline is now extended to August 8!
June 3, 2020 - Amidst these dark times, the outpouring of support and solidarity for justice, Black lives, and oppressed and marginalized communities provides a spark of hope.
May 27, 2020 - Back in October, a few friends and I drove to the California Institution for Women to begin one of the most meaningful days of our lives.
March 25, 2020 - In 2014, I’d long since left my drug addiction and criminal history behind. Seven years had passed since I’d last used methamphetamine, eight since I’d last been arrested.
February 27, 2020 - On a crisp morning in March 2018, I nervously stood outside the walls of California State Prison, Los Angeles County.
January 15, 2020 - Defy Ventures has been providing entrepreneurship training since 2011 in a community setting and since 2014 in prison settings.
June 11, 2019 - As my time at Defy Ventures comes to a close, I am able to more deeply understand the prison system and its exacerbation of racial inequity; however, I am left with a new sense of hope for a meaningful, transformational change.