COMMUNITY DEFENSE OF EAST TENNESSEE
P.O. Box 1742 Knoxville, TN 37901.
Community Defense of East Tennessee, (CDET), is grassroots, community-based organization focused on the education, liberation, support, and empowerment of people while fighting injustices, for equity, social and restorative change. While our work is primarily in Eastern Tennessee we are building nationally and internationally with our refugee community to build partners and impact their loved ones' circumstances because an injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.
At Community Defense of East Tennessee, together with families we seek justice and equality in a system that is set up against marginalized people in an effort to end a system rooted in racism and supported by corrupt for profit benefits We want to develop systems that allow restoration, healing and transformation. We educate, support, and train the community in several aspects of social justice.
We have uncompromised shared values and principles. We track our impact with “time-saved” (as opposed to “time-served,”), which is the total amount of time that an individual is not behind bars. Organizationally, we have reduced community members' time caged by more than 223 years! In 2020Working with the community and the public defenders office we have Decreased our local jail population by 40%
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Community Defense of East Tennessee, Inc. is a TN nonprofit corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178). Contributions to Community Defense of East Tennessee are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.