Brooke Ervin

Brooke is a formerly incarcerated black woman who spent a lot of time in systematic systems. Beginning as a juvenile, these same systems continued into her young adult life, hurting her rather than helping her break cycles of trauma, abandonment, abuse and street economics.

While incarcerated I started to see generational and historical conditions that these systems shifted into different narratives to recreate slavery in there own modern way. As abuse and trauma continue to cycle within the prison and constantly watching families getting torn apart Brooke decided it was time to be part of the solution and not the problem. She started facilitating groups within the prison and really started imagining something greater for herself.

Today Brooke centers and brings the community to the forefront in solidarity, to educate and use their voices to fight these systems of oppression, Uplifting the voices of formerly incarcerated men and women and helping provide alternatives to incarceration.

Fun Fact: Brooke’s favorite quote is: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”– Maya Angelou