Lobbying since: 2015
Margaret Diddams, Washington CAN!'s Mass Incarceration Organizer, worked for 3 years in communications and logistics with Puente, a grassroots organization in Arizona committed to the well-being of undocumented Latino migrants, and an end to immigrant detention and deportation. She saw how people excluded from mainstream politics built powerful community and used creative protest strategies to successfully reunite their families. She also managed communications for the Sex Workers’ Outreach Project of Phoenix, which organizes against the criminalization of women and transgender people in poverty. She is now organizing with Washington CAN! with formerly incarcerated people and families of people in prison to end mass incarceration and its disproportionate impacts on low-income communities and communities of color. She has a M.A. in Social Justice and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.