Project Description

Thank You!

For those of you who joined us on May 23-24 in New York City to benefit the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center, we are eternally grateful for your support. For those of you who have not had a chance to lend your support, please view the powerful video of their work below.

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As part of our community outreach efforts, JusticeAid hosted a panel discussion at the New York City Bar Association about barriers to justice for people with mental health issues: JUSTICE, MENTAL HEALTH & INCARCERATION, moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Michael Winerip and featuring Dr. Bobby Cohen, former Medical Director at Rikers and current member of the Board of Correction; Ann-Marie Louison, Director of Adult Behavioral Health at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES); Janos Marton, Director of Policy and Campaigns at JustLeadershipUSA and leader #CLOSErikers; and Koretta McClendon, Peer Advisor at the Columbia Psychiatric Fellowship.

All great stuff. We’ll close with a clip from the concert. Stay tuned for more!

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At Issue

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.

DEDICATED TO CORRECTING SYSTEMIC INJUSTICES IN THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM 

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.

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 CrenshawKandace 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.


Background
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.

Gina

Gina Clayton, Founder and Executive Director, Essie Justice Group


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.

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 CrenshawKandace 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.


Background
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.

Gina

Gina Clayton, Founder and Executive Director, Essie Justice Group


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.

HARNESSING THE COLLECTIVE POWER OF WOMEN WITH INCARCERATED LOVED ONES TO END MASS INCARCERATION’S HARM TO WOMEN AND COMMUNITIES.

Civil Rights Corps brings cutting-edge class-action litigation all over the country to challenge corruption in our legal system, and they’re making a major impact. Civil Rights Corps has already has won victories over unconstitutional bail systems in jurisdictions in Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and more, as well as challenging debtors’ prisons all over the South. Civil Rights Corps succeeds because of their commitment to partnering with community-based organizations in each of the localities where they take action, ensuring that local solutions take shape based on local input.

DEDICATED TO CORRECTING SYSTEMIC INJUSTICES IN THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM 

CIVIL RIGHTS CORP

JusticeAid is thrilled to support the work of  Civil Rights Corps, 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 CrenshawKandace 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.


Background
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.

Alec Karakatsanis,

Alec Karakatsanis, Founder and Executive Director of Civil Rights Corps


About Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps brings cutting-edge class-action litigation all over the country to challenge corruption in our legal system, and they’re making a major impact. Civil Rights Corps has already has won victories over unconstitutional bail systems in jurisdictions in Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and more, as well as challenging debtors’ prisons all over the South. Civil Rights Corps succeeds because of their commitment to partnering with community-based organizations in each of the localities where they take action, ensuring that local solutions take shape based on local input.

JusticeAid’s 2017 concert, “Gotta Serve Somebody,” celebrated Bob Dylan on May 24th— his birthday— featuring artists Ruby Amanfu, Martha Redbone, Carrie Rodriquez, Somi, Kandace Springs, and Dar Williams at The City Winery in New York City. 100% of the gate went to support our 2017 beneficiary The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center.

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Tell Us!

JusticeAid proudly presents Songs for Lady Day: The Music of Billie Holiday in celebration of jazz and blues legend during her birthday month of April. With special artists Cécile McLorin Salvant, Paula Cole, Marshall Crenshaw, Kandace Springs, and Dom Flemons.
100% of ticket sales benefit JusticeAid’s 2018 beneficiaries, the CIVIL RIGHTS CORPS and the ESSIE JUSTICE GROUP and the fight against inequality in our legal system.

Emcee:  SUZAN E. JENKINS, Chief Executive Officer, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  And, recognizing two heroes of the effort to end financial barriers to justice: SUSAN SHAFFER and the HONORABLE TRUMAN A. MORRISON III.

When and Where!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The Hamilton
600 14th St, NW, Washington, DC
6:00 PM  Doors Open
7:00 PM  Performance & Dinner

Sponsors

The Jeffress Family

James Blaine and Cynthia Stroud

Sophia McCrocklin and Bill Isaacson

Nancy McGregor and Neal Manne

Notes
All proceeds will benefit our 2018 beneficiaries, their clients, and programs.

For your tax records, please note that JusticeAid is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501c3 organization, and your donation is tax-deductible in the amount that it exceeds $150.00 per ticket. Save your Ticketfly receipt for your tax record, and consult your tax advisor for all deductions.

100% of ticket sales benefitted JusticeAid’s 2018 beneficiaries, the CIVIL RIGHTS CORPS and the ESSIE JUSTICE GROUP and the fight against inequality in our legal system.

$120 K

Panel Discussion

Gotta Serve Somebody

Sponsors

Our Work Continues