JusticeAid’s public forums and panels educate our society about key civil and human rights challenges in the fight against injustice and inequality. Attendees gain insights into pressing issues through the personal stories shared by our grantee partners and distinguished guests.
We live-stream and promote the events via social media to broaden the reach and visibility of our grantee partners’ important work. All educational events are free and open to the public. Read about our justice heroes, and get in touch if you would like to support their efforts.
Safety For Whom? Racist Policing in Communities and Schools
The JusticeAid 2021 Spring Forum was held on May 2, 2021 in partnership with The Riverside Churchof New York and introduced JusticeAid’s 2021 grantee partner NDS PACE. The Forum featured a keynote address by Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), a personal statement from US Rep. Cori Bush (MO-01), and a compelling conversation moderated by Angela J. Davis, Distinguished Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, with panelists Rick Jones, Executive Director NDS PACE; Kristin Nicole Henning, Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Juvenile Justice Initiative at Georgetown Law; and Sally Lee, Founder and Executive Director, Teachers Unite. The event opened and closed with special musical performances by The Resistance Revival Chorus and Matthew Whitaker.
Indefensible: Immigrants Trapped by the Criminalization of the Immigration Process
A public conversation with Immigrant Defense Project Deputy Director Mizue Aizeki; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY); Alina Das, NYU Professor and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic; Jonathan Jayes-Green, Co-Founder and Director of the UndocuBlack Network; and Alejandra Pablos, activist and immigrant leader facing deportation. The Forum highlighted the work of advocates fighting back against the violence of the deportation system and for the rights of immigrants at the intersection of today’s criminal and immigration systems.
Racism and the Criminalization of Poverty: 21st Century Debtors’ Prisons in the Age of Mass Incarceration
A public conversation with Alec Karakatsanis of Civil Rights Corps, Gina Clayton of Essie Justice Group, and Johnny Perez, Director of U.S. Prison Programs at National Religious Campaign Against Torture (he overcame three years of solitary confinement at Rikers). In addition, a presentation by Jeffery Robinson on his multimedia project, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America.
Barriers to Justice for New Yorkers Facing Mental Health Issues
Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Michael Winerip, with Janos Marton, Just Leadership USA/ #CLOSErikers; Dr. Bobby Cohen, former Medical Director at Rikers and current member of the Board of Corrections; Ann-Marie Louison, Co-Founder of CASES’ Nathaniel Project; and Koretta McClendon, a formerly incarcerated individual who served as Peer Advisor at the Columbia Psychiatric Fellowship program.