BOSS Receives Making Democracy Work Award!

BOSS is proud to announce that the organization has been chosen to receive one of two Making Democracy Work Awards the League of Women Voters of Oakland awards each year. The other award will be presented to New Voices Are Rising.

The Award will be presented at the League’s All-City Luncheon on April 12th in the grand ballroom at the Oakland Marriott.

BOSS was nominated for the Award by Gwendolyn Knighten Smith and Deleign Thompson, who have been working closely with BOSS Director of Reentry Strategic Partnerships Tim Smith.

BOSS and partners at one of its 2018 Get Out The Vote rallies

Together, BOSS, League of Women Voters of Oakland, and other partners including ACLU, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Alameda County Food Bank, and many more, organized two Get Out The Vote rallies in 2018, to raise awareness about local legislative measures on the ballot and register new voters.

BOSS’s Social Justice Collective (SJC) led by Tim Smith has been active in sharing the voice of justice involved individuals in community planning on criminal justice reform, including sharing their stories at the state capitol and working with Californians for Safety and Justice on statewide data collection and analysis to help shape the direction of reform.

BOSS recently received new funding for our social justice organizing work, from The San Francisco Foundation, Anthem, and Alameda County Innovations In Reentry Program. We are excited about making a deeper impact on changing the systems that perpetuate inequity, and bringing returning citizens to the table where decisions are made.

Thank you, League of Women Voters of Oakland, for this tremendous honor!

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For more information on the Social Justice Collective or to get involved, contact Tim Smith at or 510.649.1930 x 3008.