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

Summit to outline a path forward to transform the criminal legal system

Rafael Medina, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, [email protected], 202.869.0390
Amber English Coleman, Civil Rights Corps, [email protected], 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 public safety and transform the criminal legal system on February 19 at 12 noon ET.

The groups first shared their Vision for Justice 2020 and Beyond platform during the presidential campaign last year to offer critical policy guidance for drafting robust criminal legal reform agendas. Vision for Justice is cosigned by more than 120 organizations dedicated to achieving a new model for public safety in America — one that respects the humanity, dignity, and rights of all people.

The summit will bring together thought leaders seeking to outline a new path for the Biden-Harris administration, the new Congress, and state legislatures nationwide by offering specific, measurable steps to ensure we live up to the values we profess as a nation.

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WHAT: Vision for Justice Summit
WHEN: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET, Friday, February 19, 2021
Dr. Melina Abdullah, Co-founder, Los Angeles Chapter of Black Lives Matter
Amanda Alexander, Founder & Executive Director, Detroit Justice Center
Bryonn Bain, Artist, Professor, Activist & Director, UCLA Prison Education Program
Dara Baldwin, Director of National Policy, Center for Disability Rights
Monifa Bandele, Chief Operating Officer TIME’S UP
Kanya Bennett, Senior Policy Counsel & Legislative Coalition Manager, The Bail Project
Chesa Boudin, District Attorney, San Francisco
Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project
Congresswoman Cori Bush, Representing Missouri’s 1st Congressional District
Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Puneet Cheema, Manager, Justice in Public Safety Project
Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Black Lives Matter Global Network & Founder, Dignity and Power Now
Josie Duffy Rice, President, The Appeal
Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Alliance of Families for Justice
Kassandra Frederique, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Samuel Getachew, Poet & Writer
Wade Henderson, Interim President & CEO, The Education Fund and The Leadership Conference
DeAnna Hoskins, President & CEO, JustLeadershipUSA
Andrea C. James, Executive Director, National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
Alec Karakatsanis, Founder & Executive Director, Civil Rights Corps
Jeremiah Mark, Youth Organizer, We Build the Block
Tianna Mays, Esq., Senior Counsel for the Criminal Justice Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Desmond Meade, Author & President, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Mike Muse, Host, The Mike Muse Show, Co-Host, Sway in the Morning & Change Agent
Peppermint, Broadway Performer & Musician
Patricia L. Richman, National Sentencing Resource Counsel, Federal Public and Community Defenders
Andrea Ritchie, Writer, Lawyer & Activist
Rashad Robinson, President, Color of Change
Christopher Scott, Senior Policy Advisor, Open Society Foundation
Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director, Law for Black Lives
Lex Steppling, Director of Campaigns & Strategy, Dignity & Power Now
Nkechi Taifa, President & CEO, The Taifa Group, LLC
Congresswoman Rashinda Tlaib, Representing Michigan’s 13th District
Bianca Tylek, Executive Director, Worth Rises
Ebony Underwood, Founder & CEO, We Got Us Now
Richard Wallace, Founder, Equity and Transformation (EAT)
Michael K. Williams, Actor & Advocate

Read Vision for Justice 2020 and Beyond.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal and state policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. It was founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. For more information on The Education Fund, visit

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit

Civil Rights Corps is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system through innovative civil rights litigation. CRC works with individuals accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge mass human caging and to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom.