JusticeAid celebrates Billie Holiday

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JusticeAid celebrates Billie Holiday

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7 pm
The Hamilton
600 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC

JusticeAid celebrates the music of Billie Holiday, honoring and supporting the work of our 2018 beneficiaries, Civil Rights Corps and Essie Justice Group, in the fight against inequality in our legal system.


April 24th Concert and 2018 Beneficiaries

As you know, JusticeAid works to eradicate barriers to justice for all people, regardless of their background or circumstanceand we have a blast along the way. On April 24th, JusticeAid returns to The Hamilton in Washington, DC for a birthday celebration of Billie Holiday's music, with special artists Cecile McLorin SalvantPaula Cole, Marshall CrenshawKandace Springsand Dom Flemons

This ensemble bill of Grammy Award-winning talent promises an unforgettable evening of captivating song filled with electric energy and an inspiring call to action for JusticeAid’s featured beneficiaries: Civil Rights Corps, dedicated to correcting systemic injustices in the American legal justice system, and Essie Justice Group, which harnesses the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to end mass incarceration’s harm to women and communities.


Inequality and injustice go hand in hand.
Approximately 70% of Americans in jail today are there because of a lack of financial resources with which to pay bail bonds and related fees (even for petty crimes like parking tickets). This is jail time predicated solely on financial need. Civil Rights Corps and Essie Justice Group are making major strides to fight inequality in our criminal legal system. JusticeAid is excited to help, and we appreciate your support.

Please join Alec Karakatsanis, Founder and Executive Director of Civil Rights Corps; Gina Clayton, Founder and Executive Director of Essie Justice Group; and special host Suzan E. Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (MD) for what promises to be yet another unforgettable concert for a great cause.

You’ll join JusticeAid’s always-energetic board of directors and our special guests, the Honorable Truman A. Morrison III, and Susan Shaffer, who we honor for their work to make access to justice not depend on financial well-being.


Panel Discussion: The Criminalization of Poverty: 21st Century Debtors' Prison

Civil Rights Corps’ Alec Karakatsanis, Gina Clayton of Essie Justice Group, and some special guests will engage in a critical conversation regarding the steep path to justice for Americans with fewer financial resources. The invitation-only panel will be held at Wilmer-Hale law firm, in Washington, DC and will be live streamed and available to all on JusticeAid’s Facebook page.



More on Our Beneficiaries

Civil Rights Corps brings cutting-edge class-action litigation all over the country to challenge corruption in our legal system, and they’re making a major impact. Civil Rights Corps has already has won victories over unconstitutional bail systems in jurisdictions in Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and more, as well as challenging debtors' prisons all over the South. Civil Rights Corps succeeds because of their commitment to partnering with community-based organizations in each of the localities where they take action, ensuring that local solutions take shape based on local input. 

Essie Justice Group is an Oakland, California-based organization that mobilizes women with incarcerated loved ones to take on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration, and they are helping lead the campaign for bail reform in California. Essie's award-winning Healing to Advocacy Model brings women together to heal, build collective power, and drive social change. Essie is building a membership of fierce advocates for raceand gender justice—including Black and Latinx women, formerly and currently incarcerated women, transwomen, and gender non-conforming people.

JusticeAid follows our mission to identify and eradicate barriers to economic justice, personal freedom, and the exercise of inalienable human rights. Using arts as our medium, JusticeAid celebrates and provides financial support to organizations actively engaged in the fight against injustice. JusticeAid is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.