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


The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Release Date

Friday, February 12, 2021


WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund 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.

Members of the Media should register here:

WHAT: Vision for Justice Summit

WHEN: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET, Friday, February 19, 2021

WHO: Amanda Alexander, Founder & Executive Director, Detroit Justice Center

Bryonn Bain, Artist, Professor & Activist

Kanya Bennett, Senior Policy Counsel & Legislative Coalition Manager, The Bail Project

Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Serving New York's 16th District

Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project

Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Black Lives Matter Global Network

Josie Duffy Rice, President, The Appeal

Kassandra Frederique, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance

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

Desmond Meade, President & Executive Director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Andrea Ritchie, Writer, Lawyer & Activist

Christopher Scott, Senior Policy Advisor for Education and Youth, 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

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


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.


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