Defender
Presented by the Adachi Fund

Hopelessness is the Enemy of Justice

Defender IS AN URGENT JOURNALISTIC FILM, ART, AND MEDIA PROJECT ABOUT THE WORK OF THE SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER. IT IS CREATED TO BRING REFORM TO THE INEQUITIES OF THE CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM

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For now, please watch Happy Birthday Mario Woods
Mario Woods was killed by SFPD on December 2nd, 2015.

Defender

On February 27, 2020, recently elected Public Defender Mano Raju, penned a community-centered oath. It is a statement of conscience and a contract with the public and guides the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office’s unrelenting efforts to defend all people, and to fight for equality and justice. The Oath was administered at the historic Brava Theater by Gwen Woods, Mother of Mario Woods, a young Black man who was killed by Police.

“I WILL BE COMPASSIONATE, RELENTLESS, AND COURAGEOUS IN THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.

I WILL BE WILLING TO SEE ALL THE BEAUTY, POWER, AND POTENTIAL OF EACH PERSON I REPRESENT.

I WILL ADVOCATE FOR STRUCTURAL CHANGES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO ENDING THE MASS INCARCERATION SYSTEM THAT HAS DEVASTATED OUR SOCIETY FOR FAR TOO LONG.

I WILL FIGHT AGAINST UNJUST AND RACIST IMMIGRATION LAWS, DEFEND ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF THEIR BIRTHPLACE OR IMMIGRATION STATUS, AND FIGHT MASS DEPORTATION AS VIGOROUSLY AS I FIGHT MASS INCARCERATION.

I WILL REMAIN COMMITTED TO RACIAL JUSTICE.

I WILL GROW EXCELLENCE AMONG DEFENDERS.

I WILL HONOR THE BRILLIANCE OF THE INTERGENERATIONAL RESILIENCE OF OUR CLIENTS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES.

I WILL REMEMBER THAT MY REPRESENTATION OF INDIVIDUALS RIPPLES OUT TO THE FOLKS WHO LOVE THEM, AND THEREFORE STRIVE TO STAY ENGAGED WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES.

I WILL KEEP BURNING THE FLAME OF HOPEFULNESS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT HOPELESSNESS IS THE ENEMY OF JUSTICE.”

This is the creed of Defender

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Defender is created by Even/Odd and is a project of The Adachi Fund, a collaboration between the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Even/Odd and Compound honoring the legacy of the late Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Public Defender from 2003 to 2019.
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