The Mass Liberation Project is a far-left criminal justice advocacy organization formed in 2019 to advocate for “community liberation” for African-American families and other communities of color.  It is a project of Tides Advocacy, a 501(c)(4) fiscal sponsorship organization based in San Francisco that is associated with the Tides Nexus of liberal groups.
The Mass Liberation Project aims to abolish the current criminal legal system and supports groups that work toward the same goal.  The project advocates for the elimination of prisons and criminal punishment.  Outside of direct criminal justice reform, The Mass Liberation Project has claimed that African American communities need to be “liberated” from current American culture. 
The Mass Liberation project organizes people who have been directly involved in the legal system, including people who were formerly incarcerated, have a felony conviction, are on probation or parole, or are family members of those who have been incarcerated. The Mass Liberation Project provides left-of-center training, coaching, political education, organizing, electoral strategy, and a fellowship program for its members. 
The Mass Liberation Project claims that there is an issue with the “culture of punishment” and the criminal legal system in the United States and aims to influence public policy in support of left-wing ideals. The Project works with those who have been the subject of criminal prosecutions, training them to become organizers through the group’s fellowship program. 
The Mass Liberation Project endorses left-leaning candidates running for local and state offices through its social media accounts.   The Project supports the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and encourages its followers to participate in Black Lives Matter protests and vote for left-of-center candidates who support the movement.  
The Mass Liberation Project supports left-wing criminal justice policies, including defunding the police.  The Project has also advocated for prison abolition, most recently collaborating with Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) in an effort to close Chicago’s Cook County Jail.  
The Mass Liberation Project has also worked to investigate current policing behaviors. The Project joined six other left-of-center advocacy groups, including Michigan Liberation, Color of Change, and the Advancement Project, to form a joint coalition demanding an outside investigation into the Detroit Police Department Narcotics Unit assisted by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy (D). 
Aside from direct advocacy for left-wing criminal justice reform, the Mass Liberation Project has focused on improving voting access for convicted felons. In 2020, the Project lobbied for Nevada AB431, a bill that reinstated voting privileges for previously incarcerated people. The Mass Liberation Project also worked to register formerly incarcerated people to vote in the 2020 elections. 
The Mass Liberation Project advocates for the legality of homeless encampments and has argued that the police should not be able to enforce trespassing laws against them. The group, along with the ACLU Arizona, the National Lawyers Guild, Poder in Action, Food Not Bombs, and the Poor People’s Campaign, issued a letter to the mayor of Phoenix and the city council urging the local government to decriminalize sleeping outside. 
Alex Muhammad is the Political Training Director and one of three founding organizers of the Mass Liberation Project.  She was formerly a staff member of the People’s Lobby USA, a Chicago-based organizing group that supports policies and candidates who advocate for left-of-center racial and gender policies. 
The Mass Liberation Project has local affiliates that work toward the same goals
Mass Liberation Project – Arizona
Mass Liberation AZ was formed in 2018 in coordination with the national Mass Liberation Project, from which the Arizona-based group also received training.  This local group supports the idea that all prisons, detention centers, and jails should be abolished, and that the United States must defund the police . 
Mass Liberation Project – Nevada
The group lobbies legislators for left-of-center changes to the criminal justice system and raises money to bail charged offenders out of jail.  In May of 2020, hundreds of people protested on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement on the Las Vegas Strip, over 80 of which were arrested and charged with failure to disperse. Mass Liberation Project – Nevada posted $1,000 bail for many of the protesters who were arrested and not released on their own recognizance.