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The Justice Roundtable calendar features its meetings and events, in addition to relevant Capitol Hill briefings and hearings, and partner and affiliate workshops, trainings, conferences, and other events.

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Lynching: Reparations as Restorative Justice


November 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

Please join the Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project and the Africana Studies Program at Northeastern University for a conference on reparations for the descendants of lynching victims.  The conference brings together descendant families with longstanding leaders of US reparations movements, racial justice activists, and scholars to discuss avenues for compensatory reparations and other forms of individual and community repair. We’ll explore fundamental questions at the heart of a successful case for reparations: (1) why reparations for lynching; (2) what…

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Youth Justice in the COVID-19 Era


November 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EST

With more than 2000 incarcerated youth testing positive for COVID-19, the juvenile justice system has struggled to keep youth safe and their families informed. The Sentencing Project has been tracking the issue closely to understand the ways that states and counties are responding to the toll of the virus. Join The Sentencing Project and youth justice leaders as we discuss local responses to the coronavirus and how families of incarcerated youth are fighting back. Panelists: - Kristian Blackmon, St. Louis…

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Racial Justice Working Group discussion with author of A Knock at Midnight Brittany K. Barnett


November 20, 2020 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am EST

Please join the Racial Justice Working Group for a discussion with author and lawyer Brittany K. Barnett. Ms. Barnett’s memoir “A Knock at Midnight” is both an exploration into her personal life as a young woman and an examination of the draconian drug laws in this country and their impact on communities and families.   RSVP HERE

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Justice Roundtable’s December 2nd: Quarterly Assembly


December 2, 2020 @ 5:00 am - 7:00 am EST

December 2nd: Quarterly Assembly Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Virtual Assembly (Eastern Standard Time) What? As the first Justice Roundtable Assembly after the elections, we will feature a discussion with the upcoming Administration and Congressional staffers about 2021 priorities. See agenda below. Also, Justice Roundtable is pleased to share its new report, Transformative Justice: Recommendations for the New Administration and 117th Congress. View Report RSVP Register This event is complimentary. Virtual networking will be from 9:45 am-10:00 am. However, the meeting…

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Re-Imagining Reparative Justice for Slavery, Colonialism, Apartheid and Structural Racism


December 4, 2020 @ 4:30 am - 6:00 am EST

After five years of the Decade of Persons of African Descent, traction at the State level remains low. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd have helped to expose the unchanged relegation of Black people to the bottom of the social ladder and the egregious violence directed at Black bodies. With four more years to go before the end of the Decade, there is scope to turn the situation around, re-prioritise the Decade and use it to…

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Abolishing the Criminal Punishment System?


December 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) Criminal Justice Section’s focus is to fulfill the mission of NCBL to serve as the legal arm of the Movement for Black Liberation by dismantling the criminal punishment system in the United States and replacing it with a system that has as its priority ensuring that all communities have the essentials necessary for them to thrive. We advocate that behavior that violates the codes of honesty and sanctity of life be addressed within the…

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The Rise of Plea Bargains and Decline of the Right to Trial


December 9, 2020 @ 8:23 am EST

The American Constitution Society and the National Bar Association invite you to attend: The Rise of Plea Bargains and Decline of the Right to Trial Today, more than 95 percent of cases that end in a conviction are the result of plea bargains. Frequently, defendants accept plea deals to avoid lengthy prison sentences, unaware of the employment, housing, education, and other ramifications of such pleas. Research has also recently revealed significant racial disparities in the plea-bargaining process, with prosecutors more…

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Going Local with Drug Policy Reform


December 9, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

The war on drugs has cost the nation more than one trillion dollars, exacerbated racial injustices, and torn families apart through the routine criminalization of communities of color, low-income people and the deportation of immigrants. Change at the federal and state level is often slow, but local jurisdictions have the opportunity to begin repairing the damage of the decades-long war on drugs much more quickly. Local communities can work to develop and implement a more compassionate, and ultimately, more successful…

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Decriminalization of Drug Use Webinar


January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

A continuation of the successful discussion from the 2020 Virtual Tuerk Conference on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment! This 90 minute complimentary webinar discusses the criminalization of drug use and possession for personal use combined with the stigma and discrimination faced by people who use drugs obstructs access to crucial health, social and harm reduction services and contributes to high rates of overdose in the United States. This presentation explores approaches to drug policy that center drug use as an…

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Justice Talks: Wrongful Conviction


January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST

Join us for a short screening of Conviction, the 20 minute documentary by Jia Wertz, about the wrongful conviction and incarceration of Jeffrey Deskovic. This will be followed by a moderated discussion featuring Jeffrey Deskovic, Jia Wertz, and Professor Brandon Garrett. Sing Sing Prison Museum Board member and Ossining High School teacher Sam North is slated to moderate.

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Black Resilience in the Time of Bullsh*t


February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Join Advancement Project National Office for a special encore healing justice event celebrating the National Day of Racial Healing during Black History Month 2021. Cultivate practices and strategies for healing and resilience in the face of anti-Black racism and white supremacy.

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Advocates, Artists, and Policymakers Offer Roadmap to Reimagine Safety at Summit


February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Summit to outline a path forward to transform the criminal legal system FOR PLANNING PURPOSES  Contacts: Rafael Medina, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, medina@civilrights.org, 202.869.0390 Amber English Coleman, Civil Rights Corps, amber@civilrightscorps.org, 202.894.6141 WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Civil Rights Corps will convene advocates, celebrities, directly impacted leaders, and policymakers for a virtual summit to outline their unified vision to reimagine…

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Black History is Now: Building the Power of Black Lead Movements


February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

This year during Black History Month, we are lifting up the work of radical lawyers and legal workers who are making history right now! February's webinar, Black History is Now: Building the Power of Black Led Movements includes panelists Jaribu Hill, Nkechi Taifa, Judith Browne Dianis, Christian Snow and Avatara Smith-Carrington who will be joining us for a dope discussion about the role of Black lawyers in modern day movements and movements throughout history. You don't want to miss this, register now!  

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JUSTICE ROUNDTABLE  QUARTERLY ASSEMBLY AGENDA 3/3


March 3 @ 9:45 am - 12:30 pm EST

JUSTICE ROUNDTABLE QUARTERLY ASSEMBLY AGENDA Zoom Webinar I.   9:45–10:00 Virtual Networking; Put Name, Organization & City in Chat Box II.   10:00 Welcome: Nkechi Taifa, Convener, Justice Roundtable         Opening Remarks - Ebony Underwood III. Feature: Fireside Chat - Mr. William Underwood, recently released on Compassionate Release after 33 years of imprisonment, with Senator Cory Booker.        Closing Remarks - Anthony Underwood IV.  Q and A - Underwood Family - be sure to put your questions in the Q&A box V.   END…

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NACDL FREE LIVE Webinar: “Second Look = Second Chance”


March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

While many individuals are behind bars for only a short time, the backbone of mass incarceration is people serving very lengthy sentences – often decades-long, and far longer than they would serve for comparable crimes elsewhere in the world. Society’s emerging recognition that it has over-used imprisonment is exemplified in a wide range of changes at the front end: reducing the potential for individuals to enter the criminal justice system. However, to tackle the problem of mass incarceration at its…

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Second Look = Second Chance, Free Webinar on March 11th


March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

PROGRAM SUMMARY: While many individuals are behind bars for only a short time, the backbone of mass incarceration is people serving very lengthy sentences – often decades-long, and far longer than they would serve for comparable crimes elsewhere in the world. Society’s emerging recognition that it has over-used imprisonment is exemplified in a wide range of changes at the front end: reducing the potential for individuals to enter the criminal justice system. However, to tackle the problem of mass incarceration…

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100 Women in the First 100 Days


March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Beyond the Bars: Towards Freedom


March 18 @ 6:30 pm - March 21 @ 3:00 pm EDT

IMPORTANT NOTE for REGISTRATION: RSVP HERE  There is a ticket for each day of the conference.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be streamed on youtube via our partners Haymarket Books. Sunday workshops will happen on zoom. You will be sent links for each day you register for. Beyond the Bars - Towards Freedom: Violence, Safety and Abolition in 2021 This year marks the 11th annual Beyond the Bars Conference, coming one year after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in…

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Criminal Justice Reform Track at JCPA2021


April 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

The Conference brings together the largest local-national community relations network to grapple with and take a deep dive into today’s crucial issues through a Jewish lens. Join with lay and professional advocates and experts from around the country who are working to build a just, democratic and pluralistic America and combat hate. Learn best practices, effective strategies, and hone your skills to be effective change agents and integral intergroup partners.   RSVP HERE

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Faith-Based Parole Justice Advocacy Day


April 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

April is Second Chance Month. Join faith leaders across New York State and the People's Campaign for Parole Justice for an advocacy day in support of the Elder Parole and Fair & Timely Parole bills. Help us win freedom and reunite families through the power of redemption. RSVP: bit.ly/april-13-advocacy-day

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