The Justice Roundtable, a Washington-based coalition of over 100 justice organizations and advocates advancing federal criminal justice policy reforms, will host “Vote for Justice: An Evening of Empowerment.”
The event that will include a series of discussions with actors, artists, activists, and elected officials around the nation’s criminal justice system. It will also include a number of musical performances.The event is the official launch of the coalition’s social media impact campaign, Vote for Justice.
The Vote for Justice campaign will bring art and culture together with education and civic engagement, encouraging the public to imagine what justice looks like in the months leading up to the midterm elections.
The event will take audience members through a historic exploration of the system, identify the generational and human costs of mass incarceration, and offer solutions to reform our criminal justice system.
There will be an open-press red carpet. In partnership with internet and media company Mic, the full program will be live-streamed and Mic will spotlight featured participants in opinion columns following the event, bringing the topics of the night to life in video.
As a part of the event, the ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice will preview VoteSmartJustice.org, an interactive online voter education tool for people across the nation to learn where candidates for office in federal, state, and local elections stand on criminal justice reform and ending mass incarceration.
The event will be hosted by Tichina Arnold and Michael Eric Dyson.
Readings and testimonials will be performed by Senator Kamala Harris, Michael K. Williams, Congressman Cedric Richmond, Congressman Lacy Clay, State Attorney Kim Foxx, District Attorney Larry Krasner, Open Society Foundations President Patrick Gaspard, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice director Udi Ofer, Mic Video Columnist Brittany Packnett, Shaun King, Desmond Meade, 11-year-old Naomi Wadler, Carmen Perez, Kemba Smith, Jamira Burley, Jessica Perez, Judith Browne Dianis, former NFL player Donte Stallworth, Charlene Carruthers, and more.
The evening will feature performances by Grammy-nominated artist John Forté, Goapele, Raheem Devaughn and Wes Felton, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Ayanna Gregory, and Ka’Ba Akintunde.
Wednesday, May 9, 8 p.m. ET
(red carpet beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET)
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.