Through PICO California’s 2014 civic engagement program, leaders like Claudia Gonzalez from Merced County told their story of challenge and of transformation, inspiring others to take action and help pass Proposition 47. Throughout the campaign, Gonzalez shared her journey from a gang member in and out of county jail and state prison to a successful student at UC Berkeley and advocate for formerly incarcerated men and women. Claudia first became involved in the campaign to pass Proposition 47 because she saw the deep connections between her own experiences and the solutions identified in the measure. She has stayed involved — and is now leading an organizing team — because of the community she has built and the understanding she has developed of both personal and organizational power. “Proposition 47 is just the beginning,” says Gonzalez.