Today’s Monday Meals conversation on the Alameda County District Attorney forum included special guests, Danny Thongsy, Coordinator of the Justice Reinvestment Coalition, J Vasquez, Policy & Legal Services Manager at CURYJ, and OR’s Deputy Director, Jon Bean.

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Somdeng Danny Thongsy is an Alameda County and Oakland resident and a formerly incarcerated community leader. He is currently the Coordinator/Campaigner for the Justice Reinvestment Coalition-Alameda County, a coalition of 19 community led organizations who challenge systems that perpetuate mass incarceration by advancing progressive policies and reinvesting resources into the community.

J served 25 years as a juvenile lifer. After coming home, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Criminal Justice Studies. J currently leads CURYJ’s statewide advocacy work and supports families in bringing their incarcerated loved ones home through participatory defense.