In these politically divisive times, EJUSA is as committed as ever to standing together with our partners to fight the death penalty and advance justice and healing.
There is tremendous strength in working together. I know this because of you. Your passion, your persistence, your unwavering partnership with EJUSA has made me – and everyone at EJUSA – stronger.
We’re a strong team. And like all strong teams, we keep our eyes on the prize and never, ever rest on our laurels. We can’t. Too many lives are at stake, and too many communities need our help.
As I write this, Arkansas is planning to carry out eight executions over ten days starting next week. The state plans to execute so many people so rapidly in order to use up nearly-expired (and dangerous) execution drugs.
EJUSA is standing strong against this extreme move, which goes against the national trend toward repeal. Thanks to you, EJUSA’s expert organizers are providing strategic assistance to our partners in Arkansas, and we are mobilizing diverse voices to speak out against this atrocity across the country.
Thanks to our dedicated supporters, EJUSA is recognized as an organization that small, local groups seeking justice can turn to for help and assistance. Since 1990, we have been giving free campaign support, training, and strategic assistance to local groups across the country working to end the death penalty, promote healing from trauma, increase services for crime survivors, reduce violence in their communities, and more.
This month, we are making a special request: to help us build a legacy gift program to ensure we can continue to provide these services in the future. We invite you to join us by considering EJUSA in your estate plans.
Making a bequest is a simple way to provide essential support for EJUSA’s future. With very basic language in your will, or by naming EJUSA as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy, or bank account, you can leave a lasting legacy of healing and justice. Bequests of any size make a difference and demonstrate a commitment to the mission and values EJUSA strives to uphold.
My first year and a half at EJUSA has been incredibly rewarding. I’m so grateful to be part of a team of such caring people who fight so hard and so courageously to advance justice in our nation.
And I’m so grateful to you, our true partners in justice, who fight right alongside us and make everything we do possible. I marvel at how many of you have been with us for years, even decades!
As you read it, please remember this: EJUSA’s impact is your impact.
This year’s report highlights how far EJUSA has come on our oldest program – ending the death penalty – and on our exciting program to support community-based groups working with people of color harmed by violence. It also features highlights from year one of an important project of our Trauma Advocacy Initiative: to facilitate a two-year dialogue and training on trauma, racism, and justice with 250 police and community members in Newark, New Jersey.
You made this work possible. Together we’re taking down the broken parts of the justice system like the death penalty, and beginning to build the new, healing justice system of the future.
It’s not too late to help EJUSA reach our $40,000 goal for our year-end fundraising campaign. Please consider a stretch gift as we go into a critical year for our work together. All gifts will be matched through December 31.
Working for justice is hard. Sometimes it feels overwhelming. You know that because you’ve been in the trenches with EJUSA for more than two decades.
But we always go on because we feel strongly and passionately that we must change the conversation about violence – its causes and solutions. And today, we are at an important tipping point moment to do just that.
New national attention to mass incarceration and racial inequities in the justice system has created an unprecedented opportunity. Leaders on all ends of the political spectrum are paying attention, and pressure is mounting for change.
I joined EJUSA’s Advisory Board in August, and this past Thursday I attended my first Holiday Party, an annual Advisory Board tradition to build support for EJUSA’s work.
While the last few months have put forth challenges as we process the difficult results of a tumultuous election cycle, there is tremendous reason to be positive. Even though the movement to end the death penalty faced setbacks in November, the momentum to replace a punitive and unproductive justice system with one grounded in victims’ perspectives and healing has never been stronger.
Equal Justice USA, and the community that surrounds it, has a great amount to look forward to as 2017 approaches. As a member of the Associate Board, a group of young professionals working to build support and spread the word about EJUSA’s work, my feelings of hope and excitement for the coming year were reinvigorated at this year’s Holiday Party.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for 2017. Our work together next year will help shape the future of our country.
For too long, the national conversation about violence has been all about punishment, and with devastating consequences: 2.3 million people in prison. More than 2,900 facing execution. Communities of color traumatized. Victims of violence left without care.
This has to change. You’ve known that for years.
Today, thanks to you and to our partners, we’re at a tipping point for the issues we’ve been fighting for together: Ending the death penalty. Bringing racial equity to services for crime survivors. Engaging a new national conversation about justice.
Here at EJUSA we don’t often share the inner workings of our organization, posting instead about the issues that drive our mission and the changes we seek — and that you want to see — in the justice system.
But our inner workings make me equally proud to be part of EJUSA, because we work hard to reflect our values there too. That means all kinds of things, for example: