The group was based in late 2018 and opened its headquarters in San Diego in 2019. The Rev. Shane Harris, the group’s founder and president, stated he filed paperwork with the California Secretary of State, the Internal Revenue Service, and the District of Columbia in early February to vary the group’s title below restated articles of incorporation supported by the board of administrators.
“The People’s Association of Justice Advocates gives a more in-depth look and focus to our organization’s work and efforts and a more mature presence,” Harris stated. “Our updated mission statement is to empower citizens with lived experience to meaningfully address societal issues impacting them by introducing policy and legislative change to improve those conditions.”
In January, Harris and the group began the method of organizing a brand new office in Washington, D.C., to deal with federal legislative change. PAJ maintains its management in Southern California by way of “organized commissions of leaders” who will proceed the group’s work within the area whereas Harris focuses on the federal agenda, in line with Harris.
“We are on a mission to amplify new voices from federal levels down to the local level and to provide a platform and training to those closest to the issues in their community,” he stated. “We will look to develop a non-partisan platform for new advocates who have lived experience from the areas of foster care, the criminal justice system, human trafficking, those have lived through environmental inequity and those who were formerly employed in industries and companies that have failed to deliver on diversity.”
— City News Service contributed to this text
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