Transformative Justice Coalition is an advocacy organization founded in 2015 by Barbara R. Arnwine, a left-of-center racial justice activist. It touts its participation in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which among other things allowed employees to sue their employers based on identity discrimination.
Transformative Justice Coalition claims to be internationally renowned for its contributions to civil rights. It touts its participation in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which among other things allowed employees to sue their employers based on identity discrimination. It also extolls its role in the 2006 reauthorization of provisions in the Voting Rights Act, which prohibited the use of tests to deny the right to vote in any election nationwide and necessitated that state and local governments make voting materials available in multiple languages. 1 2
Transformative Justice Coalition runs multiple advocacy initiatives to pursue its racial justice goals. Its Democracy and Voting Rights Project aims to change election laws to slacken election regulations. Its Youth Development Leadership Initiative allows young people to enhance their speaking and organizational skills to train them to become activists. Its Criminal Justice Project works with former felons to educate the public about criminal justice goals. In tandem with the NAACP, Transformative Justice Coalition runs the Policing Reform Project, which promotes body cameras, dash cams, and community control reforms. Other initiatives include the Race and Sports Equity Project, the International Human Rights Initiative, and the African American Women and Girls Project. 3
In 2021, Transformative Justice Coalition had a total revenue $3,639,844, total expenses of $2,771,226, and net assets of $1,584,394. 4
Transformative Justice Coalition has received funding from the American Gift Fund, Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust, BVM Capacity Building Institute, Carolina for All Education Foundation, Communications Workers of America, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, End Citizens United (ECU) Action Fund, Feminist Majority Foundation, Foundation for Social Impact, National Conference of Black Lawyers, Irma and Arthur Miller Family Foundation, National Philanthropic Trust, New Venture Fund, NEO Philanthropy, San Francisco Foundation, Tides Foundation, Vance R. and Colleen H. Andrus Family Foundation (aka Indigo Oak Fund), When We All Vote, and W. K. Kellogg Foundation. 5 The Kellogg Foundation gave a grant of $200,000 for a voter mobilization project in 2015. 6
Barbara R. Arnwine is the president and founder of Transformative Justice Coalition. She played a role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. She is a co-chair and facilitator of the National Commission for Voter Justice, the Millennial Votes Matters Convenings, and the Voting Rights Alliance. She was the former leader of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and holds the title of president emeritus from the organization. In 2011, she created a “Voting Rights Map of Shame” exposing an alleged wave of voter suppression across the United States. 7
Daryl D. Jones is the chair of the board. He is a practicing lawyer, an advisor to the Maryland Caucus of African American Leaders, and a member of Take Back Our Street. 8
- “S.1745 – Civil Rights Act of 1991.” Congress.gov. Accessed August 17, 2023. https://www.congress.gov/bill/102nd-congress/senate-bill/1745.
- “Fact Sheet: Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006.” The White House, July 27, 2006. Accessed August 17, 2023. https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2006/07/20060727-1.html#:~:text=For%20All%20Americans-,The%20Voting%20Rights%20Act%20Reauthorization%20And%20Amendments%20Act%20Of%202006,State%2C%20or%20local%20election%3B%20and.
- “Abut TJC.” Transformative Justice Coalition. Accessed August 17, 2023. https://tjcoalition.org/about-tjc/.
- Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Transformative Justice Coalition. 2021. Part I.
- “Full-Text Search – Transformative Justice Coalition.” ProPublica. Accessed August 17, 2023. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/full_text_search?q=transformative+justice+coalition.
- Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). W. K. Kellogg Foundation. 2015. Part XV. 3 – Grants and Contributions Paid During the Year or Approved for Future Payment.
- “Barbara Arnwine.” Transformative Justice Coalition. Accessed August 17, 2023. https://tjcoalition.org/barbara-arnwine/.
- “Daryl D. Jones.” Transformative Justice Coalition. Accessed August 17, 2023. https://tjcoalition.org/daryl-d-jones-esq/.