Amber-Rose Howard is a poet, public speaker and organizer from Pomona, California. Experiencing a felonyconviction as a teenager propelled Amber-Rose into a lifetime commitment to organizing against the Prison Industrial Complex, building up the power of Black people and all others impacted by state violence. Amber-Rose holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies concentrated in Public Argumentation & Rhetoric from California State University, San Bernardino. She is a graduate of the Women’s Foundation of California,Women’s Policy Institute Fellowship Program and a proud member of All of Us Or None.Amber-Rose currently directs Policy and Budget Advocacy as the Statewide Coordinator for CaliforniansUnited for a Responsible Budget (CURB), a coalition of over 80 grassroots organizations working to reducethe number of people incarcerated and the number of prisons and jails in the state. The goal is to shift stateand local spending from policing and corrections to supportive human services, bridging movements forracial, economic and environmental justice in California and across the nation for a public safety model thatcenters community care, not cages.