RACISM AND THE CRIMINAL SYSTEM: March 25, 2021, 7-8:30pm ET

Join us in attending this virtual panel hosted by ClassACT HR’73, JusticeAid’s strategic partner. Panelists include Rick Jones, Executive Director of JusticeAid’s 2021 grantee partner, Neighborhood Defender Service, in conversation with:

  • Gina Clayton-Johnson, Executive Director & Founder, Essie Justice Group (JusticeAid grantee partner in 2018)
  • Christy E. Lopez, Law Professor, co-leader of the Innovative Policing Program at Georgetown Law
  • Jason Williams, newly elected Orleans Parish District Attorney and former City Council President, New Orleans, LA, and
  • Former Washington Post Journalist and Author, Sylvester Monroe, serving as moderator.


We are honored to welcome Neil Parekh, Kameron Van Patterson, and Johnny Perez to the JusticeAid Board. Their experiences and professional expertise will help advance JusticeAid’s mission to transform awareness into action in the fight against injustice.

Read about JusticeAid’s Board of Directors.

Neil Parekh
Kameron Van Patterson
Johnny Perez


Grammy Award-winning artists and pop icons Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. have released a social justice and equality anthem, Blackbird, from their highly anticipated first studio album in three decades, Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons, due April 30. Listen to the song and read more about how the phrase “Blackbird” takes on new meaning in the context of violence against Black lives.

Double your gift! The JusticeAid Board is offering a challenge match of $200,000 – Give now and every dollar you give will provide $2.00 to expand the NDS PACE program nationally.

JusticeAid leverages the community-building power of art and music to transform awareness into action in the fight against injustice. Each year we identify and raise funds for justice causes by hosting music, arts and educational events. Since 2013 JusticeAid has raised over 1 million dollars for justice heroes: nonprofits that are ending mass incarceration, addressing the criminalization of poverty and inhumane immigration policies, and protecting civil rights for all.

In 2021, JusticeAid’s focus is police accountability and community empowerment. Through October 2021, 100 percent of your donation will support the expansion of NDS PACE, the Police Accountability/Community Empowerment program of Neighborhood Defender Service.