Igniting your Activism!
Disrupt the Criminal Justice System of Oppression is a book series created to simplify the rights we need to know to assist in proactively protecting us from mass incarceration. Each book comes with a syllabus so that anyone who buys or receives the book can then teach others their rights in a simplified way. Courtney Teasley is an avid user of AAVE (African American Vernacular English) and has made it the primary language for her social enterprise, emeffen finding that teaching in the language of the D.A.M.M. community of which she is from, is more effective than using legal jargon. Book 1 of the series is available now in the emeffen. Universe only!
Courtney Teasley believes disruption is necessary when working within the Criminal Justice System Of Oppression 'CJ-SOO' to put a dent in mass incarceration. As a known disrupter, she has disrupted by proactively teaching the Disproportionately Affected, Marginalized Minority 'D.A.M.M.' community (otherwise known as 'the hood" by those of us who grew up there) the statistics and a simplified breakdown of the rights that affect us the most. From the many "Know Your Rights" seminars she has taught throughout the State at colleges and universities, to the D.A.M.M. statistics and basic rights lesson plan she created for her students, to the social justice initiatives she has led and chaired, to the criminal defense organizing method she has created to place the spotlight on how systems of oppression disproportionately affect people of color, with an extreme focus on the most oppressed race of people; disrupting through proactively educating on the subjects that affect the D.A.M.M. community the most has always been apart of Courtney Teasley's disruption.
Courtney Teasley believes dismantling begins when one goes from working to disrupt the system to proactively using their rights, voice, and influence to replace those currently in office who are making limited, slow, or no change with progressive candidates from the D.A.M.M. community. She most recently made her DISMANTLE debut when she ran the judicial campaign for one of her first lawyer mentees, Khadija Babb, and made Nashville history unseating a Criminal Court judge for the first time in the City's lifespan, electing the youngest Criminal Court Judge ever to sit.
Courtney Teasley believes demanding the change we want to see requires a mindset shift from poverty to financial literacy. To reduce recidivism and ultimately end mass incarceration, the D.A.M.M. community must learn how to use our numerous stories of oppression to create assets and entrepreneurship. Utilizing the social enterprise model Courtney Teasley has displayed with her business emeffen., creating legal money from assets and reinvesting a percentage of the profits into funds, grants, start-ups, and organizations that are also proactively disrupting is the way to create the most significant change.
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After ten years of practicing mainly criminal defense and making Nashville history as a judicial campaign manager, Courtney Teasley decided she didn't want to wait until the next election to continue creating the change she wanted to see; she wanted more change, way faster. Now, she has converted her law practice into a full, PROACTIVE coaching and consulting firm where she can assist lawyers in starting their own criminal defense law practices with a trajectory to the bench, as well as train the community on how to represent themselves with a lawyer present by providing strategic defense case preparation. Courtney Teasley has also married her criminal defense and campaign manager careers to create what she refers to as 'Criminal Defense Organizing.' Her proprietary method of organizing and training has proven helpful in her most recent case, #DisruptManchester. In alignment with her #Disrupt initiatives, Courtney Teasley has written her first book that is part of a series she has entitled, "Disrupt the CJ-SOO: The Easy Way to Learn Your Rights." Courtney Teasley is currently organizing with lawyers worldwide to teach the Criminal Defense Organizing method to proactively disrupt the early stages of this system of oppression that often lead to mass incarceration.
The United States currently leads the world with over 2 million people being incarcerated, and the majority of them are black bodies. Recent studies have shown that Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons 5x the rate of White Americans. This is even worse when the U.S. Census Bureau reports white Americans as 60% of the majority and African Americans as 13.4% of the entire country. In 12 states, more than half of the prison population is Black. After disrupting as a criminal defense lawyer and social justice activist and dismantling as a campaign manager, she has decided that more innovative and proactive products and services are needed to speed up the change she is demanding and that the D.A.M.M. community desperately needs. The launch of her social enterprise emeffen. is to create a proactive movement that embraces those most oppressed by the criminal justice system.
A black-, woman-, millennial-owned brand that creates proactive products and services to disrupt and dismantle the Criminal Justice system of oppression!
Learn about the criminal defense organizing efforts surrounding a black man from Georgia, his significant other, and their five children being taken by TN DCS due to simple possession of marijuana.
Courtney Teasley teaches the emeffen method for criminal defense organizing in cases that utilize the entire community to embrace those most oppressed by the criminal justice system. Contact us to discuss having Courtney train your community or organization.
Courtney Teasley wins the Women Who Rock Nashville's 2023 Social Justice award and debuts her new social enterprise, emeffen., to the Nashville community.