HARNESSING THE COLLECTIVE POWER OF WOMEN WITH INCARCERATED LOVED ONES TO END MASS INCARCERATION’S HARM TO WOMEN AND COMMUNITIES.
JusticeAid is thrilled to support the work of the Essie Justice Group in the fight against inequality in our legal system. Please join us for two events in April:
Benefit Concert On April 24th
JusticeAid returns to the Hamilton in Washington, DC for a birthday celebration of Billie Holiday’s music, with special artists Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paula Cole, Marshall Crenshaw, Kandace Springs, and Dom Flemons. All tickets sales will go to Civil Rights Corps and its co-beneficiary Essie Group.
Panel Discussion: The Criminalization of Poverty: 21st Century Debtors’ Prison
Civil Rights Corps’ Alec Karakatsanis, Gina Clayton of Essie Justice Group, and some special guests will engage in a critical conversation regarding the steep path to justice for Americans with fewer financial resources. The invitation-only panel will be held at Wilmer-Hale law firm, in Washington, DC and will be live streamed and available to all on JusticeAid’s Facebook page.
Approximately 70% of Americans in jail today are there because of a lack of financial resources with which to pay bail bonds and related fees (even for petty crimes like parking tickets). This is jail time predicated solely on financial need. Civil Rights Corps and co-beneficiary Essie Justice Group are making major strides to fight inequality in our criminal legal system. JusticeAid is excited to help, and we appreciate your support.
About Essie Justice Group
Essie Justice Group is an Oakland, California-based organization that mobilizes women with incarcerated loved ones to take on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration, and they are helping lead the campaign for bail reform in California. Essie’s award-winning Healing to Advocacy Model brings women together to heal, build collective power, and drive social change. Essie is building a membership of fierce advocates for race and gender justice—including Black and Latinx women, formerly and currently incarcerated women, transwomen, and gender non-conforming people.