JusticeAid was formed in 2013
around a simple but profound idea:
TO PROMOTE JUSTICE THROUGH THE ARTS AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
In 2013, a group of civil rights advocates and music lovers founded JusticeAid to use music and the arts to raise money to support powerful tipping point organizations fighting injustice and inequality. We have grown to add public conversations to highlight people on the cutting edge of eradicating barriers to justice, especially for underserved members of our society. Now, we seek to expand the reach of our small trumpet to join social justice advocates with civil rights warriors and swell the sound of movements supporting personal freedom and inalienable human rights.
We give dollar for dollar of every contribution we raise in our outstanding concerts to our beneficiaries, and our public conversations are free. It takes money to do this work, and we are a volunteer organization without any paid full-time staff. Please join our merry band, come to our events, and support the work we do with such financial contributions as you are able to deliver, so we can continue advancing the struggle. Your money will be well spent!
THANKS TO YOU, WE’RE MAKING REAL IMPACT.
Each year, JusticeAid organizes concerts, public forums, and other events to educate the public about key civil rights challenges, while raising vital funds to support under-resourced organizations addressing these issues.
- Defending the Rights of Immigrants (Immigrant Defense Project)
- 21st Century Debtors’ Prisons (Civil Rights Corps and Essie Justice Group)
- Caging of Humans with Mental Health Challenges (Mental Health Project of the Urban JusticeCenter)
- Protecting Children (Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, National Juvenile Defender Center, Youth Empowerment Project)
- Freeing the Innocent (Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Innocence Project New Orleans)
- Defending Veterans (Justice for Vets)
- Expanding Legal Services (DC Law Students in Court)
We produce 1-2 concerts each season, featuring such diverse talent as the Blind Boys of Alabama, Ani DiFranco, and Trombone Shorty. Whether performing in Washington, DC, NYC, or New Orleans, our concert proceeds go to our beneficiaries.
To further our reach, we produce live and streaming discussion panels, social media campaigns, house parties, and other outreach—educating thousands more Americans on justice issues
The mission of JusticeAid is to identify and eradicate barriers to economic justice, personal freedom, and the exercise of inalienable human rights. Using arts as the medium, JusticeAid celebrates and provides financial support to organizations actively engaged in the fight against injustice.
We are grateful to the multi-talented performing artists who grace our stage. Please read their bios and follow their work here.
We launched #whatjusticemeanstome, a social media campaign that encourages public engagement of our collective understanding of justice. Dozens of artists, beneficiaries, and activists have reflected on the significance of justice in their own lives.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JusticeAid boasts a Board of Directors whose experience and accomplishments put them at the forefront of the legal, communications, arts, and activist communities. Our Board members share a passion for charity and helping those most in need, but their abilities to effect positive change don’t hold them back from having a good time. When they aren’t winning major court cases, assisting public defender services, advising nationally renowned nonprofits, and creating art themselves, you can find them at any of our events…usually dancing in the front row.