Thank you to all who joined us for Lift Every Voice and Vote, JusticeAid’s 2020 Public Forum that highlighted barriers to voting in the age of COVID-19 and gave each of us renewed inspiration to fight the scourge of voter suppression. You can view the program again, or for the first time, on the YouTube Channel of the Riverside Church.
Leadership matters, governance matters, voting matters, particularly in the midst of a storm. We should demand nothing less of our leaders.
We are grateful for our partnership with The Riverside Church of New York: Rev. Michael Livingston, Interim Senior Minister; Rev. Kevin Van Hook, Minister of Justice, Advocacy and Change; Rev. Jim Keat, Digital Minister; Brian Simpson, Dir. Communications and Strategy; Jacob Schmid, Asst. Technical Dir., and Michael Arias, Video Editor.
With special thanks to the Honorary Hosts: Kristen Clarke, President & Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Sree Sreenivasan, Marshall Loeb Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation, Stoney Brook University; Union Theological Seminary; and Seth Waxman, Partner Wilmer Hale, and 41st Solicitor General of the United States.
Host Committee Chairs: Sumati Devadutt and Reuben Martinez, Co-Chairs of the Riverside Church Lift Every Voice & Vote Ministry; Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Election Protection/866-OUR-VOTE; Kim Duckett Coaxum and Therese Steiner, JusticeAid; and Host Committee Members from the Riverside Church: Jacqueline McLeod, Sheila Rule, and Ruby Sprott; ClassActHR73: Marion Dry, Sara Greenberg, Donna Brown Guillaume, Helen Hershkoff, and Ryan O’Connell; NY State Council of Churches: Rev. Peter Cook; and JusticeAid: Natalie Jowett Agoos.
With much appreciation to: The Resistance Revival Chorus and jazz pianist Michael Whitaker, Hylda Clarke, Ray Conley, Aida Montero, Esmereldo Santiago, and to New Yorker cartoonist @lizaodonnell for live drawings on Twitter, and to @digimentors for amplifying the Forum’s important messages on social media.
Last but not least, thank you to JusticeAid’s donors for supporting justice causes and making our public education programs possible.
Go out and VOTE like you never VOTED before.
JusticeAid leverages the community-building power of art and music to transform awareness into action in the fight against injustice. We organize arts events and public forums to educate people about key civil rights challenges, and we raise funds to support key organizations addressing these issues. JusticeAid advances its efforts by leveraging our Board of Directors’ diverse lived experiences of race, sex, religion, age, and sexual orientation, among others.