THE ALFRED OLANGO FOUNDATION
Building community relationships to fight injustice
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
― Nelson Mandela
The Alfred Olango Foundation (TAOF) is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 formed after Alfred Olango was killed by an officer from the El Cajon Police Department, in El Cajon, California in 2016. TAOF was formed to support families of victims of civil rights violations by law enforcement. TAOF takes a two-prong approach to solving this epidemic.
The first prong is to provide rapid response to meet the immediate needs of a victim’s household in the aftermath of a tragedy.
Psychosocial needs: Hosting family, support groups, communication, and networking.
Financial needs: funeral arrangements, burial and headstone assistance, room, board, transportation, child care, household bills, etc.
Media management needs: Public relations assistance for social and broadcast media.
Educational needs: Victim’s children support and assistance.
The second prong is to address the systemic issues facing America’s justice system. TAOF is working towards five long term goals: Enhance Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) availability and resources in law enforcement practice; advocating for change in law enforcement practices; support training for law enforcement/community interactions; advocating for jobs; and funding law school for future district attorneys.
TAOF will advocate for PERT resources to be available 24/7/365 and have all law enforcement officer’s complete PERT training.
TAOF will advocate for ending internal law enforcement investigations, advocate to require civilian review boards for law enforcement agencies, and advocate training courses for law enforcement.
TAOF will support training for communities of color and law enforcement interactions.
TAOF will even the proverbial playing field by assisting with jobs. TOAF subscribes to Immanuel Kant’s, “Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for,” philosophy. TOAF believes that “something to do” is an occupation, vocation, and/or advocation.
TAOF will provide scholarships towards a Juris Doctor degree for persons of color to become the next generation of district attorneys with the ability to change the justice system from within.
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The Alfred Olango Foundation
PO Box 12248
El Cajon, CA 92022