On this global day of giving, we’re raising $10,000 to continue our work in pursuing voting rights, including our Millennial Votes Matter Convenings; criminal justice reform; youth leadership development; policing restructuring; programs that advance economic opportunity (including jobs); and, the policy agenda of the African American Women and the Law Conference. Your dollars will ensure that the hard work of TJC is accomplished.
The Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) has become a strong, vocal, strategic, and powerful force in the fight for racial justice in our nation. In the aftermath of the 2016 Elections, in light of the 2017 elections, and on the threshold of the New Year, our progressive leadership is more imperative than ever to continue advancing justice and fighting against those who are determined to destroy our foundational civil rights.
In 2017, your support has made it possible to:
Host a second Millennial Votes Matter Convening, an amazing 3-day Training event as part of our 3-year campaign to train, network and mobilize 10,000 Millennial Voting Rights Champions. With our new train-the-trainer model, we equipped 22 Millennials from across the country to organize in their local communities. In addition to three days of seminars, workshops, and training, TJC also sponsored a panel at the CBCF ALC on Thursday, September 21st, on “Politics, Policy, and Power”, that featured Millennial elected officials, activists, and thought leaders, and was keynoted by performing artist David Banner. Post the Convening, these new Voting Rights Champions have registered hundreds of new voters in Virginia, Texas and Alabama and conducted voter education and mobilization programs in several states. Already 8 more training events are scheduled for 2018.
Host several Facebook Live Events, in conjunction with the Voting Rights Alliance, a national coalition which TJC coordinates, and the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, with the goal of educating viewers about the current state of voting rights locally (Georgia) and nationwide. Our Black History Month voting rights daily educational series was very popular.
Sponsor September as Voting Rights Month, in conjunction with the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, in which we held several Twitter Storms/Town Halls, multiple events to register people to vote and encourage civic engagement nationwide, and ended Voting Rights Month with Fannie Lou Hamer’s National Day of Action
Help facilitate the new National Commission for Voter Justice, which will conduct research, publish policy briefs and hold hearings throughout the nation to document voter suppression, propose electoral reform and excite vulnerable communities to register and vote.
Continue our weekly radio shows. newsletters, and multifaceted social media aimed at educating and engaging people nationwide to ignite change in their local communities and nationally.
Confront the Trump Administration’s efforts to legitimate racial Hate and dismantle civil rights protections, including its attacks on voting rights, educational and criminal justice reform.
Highlight the issue of Police Misconduct and Killings of African American men and women, Latino, Transgendered and Native American peoples, and fight for meaningful police reform despite the regressive policies of the Sessions Department of Justice. TJC convenes the Civil Rights Coalition on Policing Reform composed of many civil rights organizations and individual activists. On November 6th, we co-sponsored with the NAACP and local community organizations a Baltimore Town Hall that was standing room only and the Facebook video of this event has been viewed by several thousand people.
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Our critical work furthers a vision of a world in which every individual has an equal opportunity to fully participate in their governance. A world where there is informed civic engagement and equal voting rights for all, regardless of race, gender, disability, youth, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, past felony convictions, and income. A world where there is no senseless incarceration for people of color in federal and state prisons; there is little to no news about police misconduct or killings, and if there is, then the police are held accountable. A world where nobody would be held back because of their gender, race, religion, or culture and where you wouldn’t hear stories that only describe the negative aspects of communities of color.
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The Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC), during the week of the Congressional Back Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF ALC), held its second Millennial Votes Matter Convening, an amazing 3-day Training event. With our train-the-trainer model, we trained 22 Millennials from across the country to become Voting Rights Champions in their local communities. In addition to three days of seminars, workshops, and trainings, TJC also sponsored a panel at the CBCF ALC on Thursday, September 21st, on “Politics, Policy, and Power”, that featured Millennial elected officials, activists, and thought leaders, and was keynoted by David Banner.
Since the Convening, our Millennial Voting Rights Champions from both classes have been hard at work using what they learned to encourage civic participation in their local areas. On a follow-up call last week, TJC heard of all the great work that the Millennials have been doing and the skills they value most from the Convening. Below are highlights of some of the work being done by our Millennial Voting Rights Champions:
TobiasEstes went with his jobs, a week before the November 7th elections, to multiple houses, door-to-door, from 9:00 AM- 7:00 PM, getting people out to vote and talking to people about being politically engaged. He also motivated people to vote early and made social media posts to get his friends inspired.
Darius Ballinger, who was also at our first ever Millennial Votes matter Convening and came back as an Alumni at our most recent one, has been working with Chicago Vote. Working with the organization, Darius went into Cook County in Illinois and registered voters at least once a month since September, and will continue to do so through February. He said that being able to have a different conversation with people in his own community about getting involved in politics in his community is liberating for him.
Salina Ali, as part of her local RespectMyVote campaign, went to college campuses to educate people about the importance of voting and to register college students to vote. Salina went to colleges like Virginia State, Old Dominion, and Northolk State doing various activities, such as speaking at science classes, registering college students on the colleges’ front lawns, and speaking on local and college radio stations to encourage student civic engagement. Salina registered about 150 college students from the time of the Convening through the November 7th elections.
Joshua Hall, from Oregon, went to high schools to educate people of voting age about the voting process. He also got in contact with local government officials about how they can further educate people about voting rights.
Brittany Mack, from South Carolina, also went to high schools to educate people of voting age about the voting process. Brittany is currently working on getting things together for a big voter drive pool party, and is actively meeting with High School officials about speaking to high school students.
Brittany Mack told TJC that the main thing she’s noticed after the Convening is that encouraging people to be civically engaged isn’t as intimidating to her anymore. She said as long as you get out there and push people to do it, it’s much easier, especially if you keep up with them and in your community after registration. The Convening really helped her outlook and confidence, and she now knows that we have the power to increase the number of voters, and that even if you don’t make an impact this time; there’s always next time. Joshua Hall shared Brittany’s sentiments in his new outlook and confidence when encouraging people to register to vote. He said his biggest take-a-way from the Convening was that you just have to go out and do the work, and tell people that they can make a difference.
TJC is proud and very inspired to hear how the new Millennial Voting Rights Champions are applying their training and sharing their learnings and taking action. We can’t thank them enough and we can’t thank everyone who donated enough for making this possible. TJC will continue to train more talented Millennials to work effectively in communities now most threatened by voter suppression schemes. We are honored to be partnering with the National Black Law Students Association and other groups on this major initiative. We are actively working on several more trainings which will be held throughout the nation in 2018.
We look forward to keeping you informed of program developments of the Millennial Vote Matters Convenings.
Voting Rights Month 2017 Information Packet
Statement of the Transformative Justice Coalition
on Charlottesville Tragedy:
The Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) joins this nation in expressing shock, outrage, and grief at the hateful and murderous assaults by Neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), and other White supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia last Friday and Saturday. On Friday night, while watching the torch-lit march of hundreds of members of these hate groups on the University of Virginia (UVA) campus as they shouted “Jews cannot replace us” and “Blood and Soil”, Barbara Arnwine, Founder and President of TJC, tweeted that these groups ultimate goal is a race war and genocide. Ms. Arnwine warned while watching them assault a small contingent of peaceful counter-protesters, without police intervention, that these groups wanted to kill someone. Sadly, this prediction became reality on Saturday, as these hate groups assaulted peaceful multiracial/interdenominational clergy and counter-protesters in Charlottesville. Within hours, this assault turned deadly as James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed his car into demonstrators, killing 32 year-old Heather Heyer, and injuring 19 others.
Like many, we were profoundly disappointed and disgusted by the President’s initial vacuous remarks and response to these hate-ridden assaults. His failure to name the Neo-Nazi, KKK, and White supremacist groups was deliberate and complicit. Instead, by referring to “on many sides“, he purposefully falsely equated White supremacist genocidal organizations with civil rights groups and their opponents. Having created an atmosphere in which he urged people to assault protesters during his campaign and having demonized people of color, immigrants, and Muslims which has led to an increase of hate crimes in our nation, the President has a special obligation to have openly denounced these groups and repudiated their actions. Indeed, the immediate response from the Daily Stormer and many other White Supremacist organizations was to claim comfort, vindication, and no condemnation from his vapid statement and words.
On Sunday, the American people responded to the Charlottesville massacre by holding massive “Solidarity with Cville” marches throughout the nation. These thousands of voices raised up in opposition to White supremacist, Neo Nazi hate, was a fitting tribute to the spirit of Heather Heyer and all racial-justice loving people.
Only on the third day, after a significant bipartisan backlash, did the President finally utter a condemnation of Neo-Nazis, White supremacists, and the KKK. Again, this proved too little to late, as even pointed out by the White supremacist originations, which disclaimed his statements as “hollow” and “forced”.
The Transformative Justice Coalition calls upon all Americans to continue to hold the Trump Administration accountable in fighting against these White supremacist organizations. We demand the immediate remove of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller from the Trump Administration given their associations with Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist, KKK, and Alt-Right organizations and ideologies. We call on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to immediately and vigorously pursue all hate crimes that were committed in Charlottesville by these White supremacists, including the assault on Deandre Harris and the ministers. We specifically demand that these White supremacist, Neo-Nazi, and KKK organizations be fully included in all U.S. governmental counter-terrorism lists, programs, and activities. We demand the restoration of the Obama Administration “Countering Violent Extremism” funding program, which helped local organizations to stop violent extremism and recruitment, and transition recruits of right-wing hate groups back into society and also funded research on programming to counter online White supremacist propaganda, which was rescinded in June. We call on the FBI, the DOJ, and the SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) to establish a systematic program for identifying and removing White supremacist infiltrators in law enforcement. We call upon the Trump Administration to fully deploy the Community’s Relation Service in helping communities to heal from White supremacist hate crimes and to prepare communities in advance of any planned assaults/marches by these hate groups.
TJC is committed to fighting for these reforms and to holding this administration accountable for fighting against the hate and violence generated by Neo-Nazis, White supremacists, the KKK, a nd their ilk. We encourage all Americans to take heed to eschew hate, embrace love, and be active in seeking change as Heather Heyer would have wanted us to do. “‘I’ve never had a close friend like this be murdered,’ Ms. Blair [ Heather’s friend and former co-worker who also attended the counter-protests, and was crossing the street when her boyfriend pushed her out of the way of the vehicle as it came plowing into the crowd] said. ‘We thought, ‘What would Heather do?’ Heather would go harder. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to preach love. We’re going to preach equality, and Heather’s death won’t be in vain.”