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Virtual Summit

Building a new, non-carceral paradigm for public safety

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Join us for a virtual summit

The evolution of racial and economic oppression has only been amplified in the last year, as seen through both the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent acts of sedition. As the new administration and Congress steps into power, we must hold these leaders accountable to the citizens, organizers, and communities who uplifted them in November and urge them to build a new, non-carceral paradigm for public safety that keeps all communities truly safe.

Against this backdrop, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Civil Rights Corps are hosting a Vision for Justice Summit on Friday, February 19, which marks a year and a half since the Vision for Justice platform was released.

The Vision for Justice Virtual Summit will be open to the public and serve as our opportunity to unite as a community, creating a collective strategy to design the future we want — a future rooted in restorative justice and equity. The summit will feature over thirty of the most respected, trusted organizers, civic leaders, activists and directly impacted people who have been doing the work to end mass incarceration.


  • Friday February 19, 2021

  • 12pm — 4pm EST

If you require accommodations for accessibility purposes please contact us at or 732-838-4391 by 6PM EST on Monday, February 15.

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Confirmed Speakers

Schedule is subject to change due to availability

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Dr. Melina Abdullah

Professor of Pan-African Studies, Cal State LA, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles & Co-Director of Black Lives Matter Grassroots

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Amanda Alexander

Founder & Executive Director
Detroit Justice Center

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Bryonn Bain

Artist, Activist, Professor & Director
UCLA Prison Education Program

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Dara Baldwin

Director of National Policy
Center for Disability Rights

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Monifa Bandele

Chief Operating Officer

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Kanya Bennett

Senior Policy Counsel & Legislative Coalition Manager
The Bail Project

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Chesa Boudin

District Attorney
San Francisco

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Judith Browne Dianis

Executive Director
Advancement Project

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Congresswoman Cori Bush

Representing Missouri's 1st Congressional District

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Juan Cartagena

President & General Counsel
LatinoJustice PRLDEF

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Puneet Cheema

Justice in Public Safety Project

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Co-Founder & Executive Director, Black Lives Matter Global Network & Founder, Dignity and Power Now

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Josie Duffy Rice

The Appeal

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Soffiyah Elijah

Executive Director
Alliance of Families for Justice

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Executive Director
Drug Policy Alliance

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Samuel Getachew

Poet & Writer

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Wade Henderson

Interim President & CEO
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

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DeAnna R. Hoskins

President & CEO

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Executive Director
National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

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Founder & Executive Director
Civil Rights Corps

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Jeremiah Mark

Youth Organizer
We Build the Block

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Tianna Mays, Esq.

Senior Counsel for the Criminal Justice Project
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

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Desmond Meade

Author & President
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

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Mike Muse

Host, The Mike Muse Show, Co-Host, Sway in the Morning & Change Agent

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Broadway Performer & Musician

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Patricia L. Richman

National Sentencing Resource Counsel
Federal Public and Community Defenders

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Writer, Lawyer & Activist

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Rashad Robinson

Color of Change

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Christopher Scott

Senior Policy Advisor for Education and Youth
Open Society Foundation

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Marbre Stahly-Butts

Executive Director
Law for Black Lives

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Lex Steppling

Director of Campaigns & Strategy
Dignity & Power Now

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President & CEO
The Taifa Group, LLC

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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib

Representing Michigan's 13th District 

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Bianca Tylek

Founder & Executive Director
Worth Rises

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Ebony Underwood

Founder & CEO
We Got Us Now

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Richard Wallace

Equity and Transformation (EAT)

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Actor & Advocate

Summit Program


12:00 – 12:50 PM EST

Segment Featuring
Grounding Remarks Sakira Cook + Thea Sebastian
Wade Henderson
Opening Keynote Speeches Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib
Patrisse Cullors
Poetry Performance Samuel Getachew
What It Means to Reimagine Safety Panel Moderated by: Josie Duffy Rice
Amanda Alexander
Andrea James
Monifa Bandele
Rashad Robinson


12:50 – 2:00 PM EST

Segment Featuring
Fireside Chat: Policing Michael K. Williams + Jeremiah Mark
Judas and the Black Messiah Featurette
Holding Law Enforcement Accountable & Shrink Reliance on Policing Panel Moderated by: Christopher Scott
Andrea Ritchie
Dara Baldwin
Puneet Cheema
Richard Wallace
Pretrial Issue Briefing Alec Karakatsanis
Creating a New Framework for Pretrial Justice & Decriminalize Poverty Panel Moderated by: Kanya Bennett
Lex Steppling
Tianna Mays
Patricia L. Richman
Accountability and Transparency in Prosecution Issue Briefing Chesa Boudin


2:00 – 2:30 PM EST

Segment Featuring
Restorative Justice Special PerformanceBryonn Bain
Dramatically Reforming Sentencing Policy & Supporting the Children of Incarcerated Parents Fireside ChatEbony Underwood
Nkechi Taifa
Easing Legal Challenges to Address Racial Inequity and Abolish Slavery in Prison Issue BriefingSoffiyah Elijah
Deprivatizing Justice Issue BriefingBianca Tylek

REBUILDING COMMUNITIES & Where do we go from here?

2:30 – 3:40 PM EST

Segment Featuring
Highlighting An Artistic ChampionPeppermint
Highlighting An Education ChampionJesse Hagopian
Rebalance Spending, Invest in Harm Prevention & Build Transformative Accountability Fireside ChatModerated by: Thea Sebastian
Melina Abdullah
Reentry, Probation, Parole Issue BriefingDeAnna Hoskins
Build a School-To-Opportunity Pipeline Issue BriefingJudith Browne Dianis
Highlighting An Advocate ChampionHolly Bird
End the War on Drugs Issue BriefingKassandra Fredirique
Highlighting Business ChampionsBen Cohen & Jerry Greenfield
Where Do We Go from Here? Perspectives on Movement-Building & Electoral Justice Panel Moderated by: Mike Muse
Desmond Meade
Jessica Byrd
Juan Cartagena
Marbre Stahly-Butts


3:40 – 4:00 PM EST

Segment Featuring
Closing Keynote LaTosha Brown
Congresswoman Cori Bush

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