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Jakada Imani is working to help bring an end to the cycle of violence that plagues much of urban America and promote reinvestment in our cities using smart solutions and uplifting alternatives to violence and incarceration.
A long-time community activist, Jakada led the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in successful efforts to stop the construction of one of the nation's largest (per capita) juvenile halls -- an enormous "Super Jail for Kids." He also played a lead role in the landmark defeat of California Proposition 6, a dangerous and ineffective "tough on crime" ballot measure that would have forced the state to spend more than a billion dollars annually on failed programs.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Jakada is also the father of four powerful and creative young girls.