EJUSA launches the Gibbons Fund for Justice

Last week, the Gibbons Law firm in Newark, NJ hosted a reception to launch the Judge John J. Gibbons Fund for Justice at EJUSA.

More than eighty people gathered to celebrate the Judge’s extraordinary legacy of justice and the launch of the fund at EJUSA in his honor. Guests included family, friends, former law clerks, former colleagues from Seton Hall Law School, and former and current recipients of the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law, which litigates historic, cutting-edge civil rights and civil liberties cases. Also attending were several of the Judge’s friends and colleagues from the Fund for New Jersey, which generously provided an inaugural leadership gift to honor the Judge, a founding Fund for New Jersey board member for more than 40 years before his retirement in 2015.

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EJUSA to launch the Judge John J. Gibbons Fund for Justice

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The Honorable John J. Gibbons, standard-bearer of the Gibbons law firm and a giant in the New Jersey legal community for five decades, will be honored on June 21st at a reception to mark the launch of a new fund in his name.

The Judge John J. Gibbons Fund for Justice at Equal Justice USA (EJUSA) will carry on his commitment to the rule of law and his belief that every person deserves respect and dignity.

“Judge Gibbons was a prominent leader in the historic effort that made New Jersey the first state to repeal the death penalty in more than 40 years,” said Shari Silberstein, Executive Director of EJUSA. “This year marks the 10th anniversary of New Jersey’s repeal of the death penalty. The Gibbons Fund at EJUSA will enable our organization to continue what we started in New Jersey, ending the death penalty across the country.”

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NYC: Join EJUSA for happy hour!

EJUSA’s Associate Board is hosting a Happy Hour next week at Housing Works Bookstore in Soho – and you’re invited!

Please join EJUSA and co-hosts the Columbia Black Law Students Association for drinks and conversation. You’ll meet other like-minded New Yorkers and hear National Organizer Lex Steppling share an update on our work reimagining the justice system, including ending the death penalty, strengthening programs that help crime survivors address trauma and rebuild their lives, and promoting trauma-informed responses to violence that can save lives and help heal communities.
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We’re a strong team

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.

I urge you to continue to partner with EJUSA with a gift of $25, $55, $75, or even $100. Working together, we will transform the justice system from one that harms to one that heals.

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Stand strong with EJUSA

It’s outrageous.

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.

If you are as outraged as I am, I urge you to help EJUSA stand strong against these executions with a gift of $25, $55, $75, or even $100.

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Leaving a legacy of healing

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.

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I’ve heard from so many people

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!

Will you continue to fight with us? Please give a tax-deductible gift to EJUSA before December 31, and your donation will be matched.

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Our Impact

It is with great pleasure and deep gratitude that I share with you EJUSA’s 2016 Impact Report.

As you read it, please remember this: EJUSA’s impact is your impact.

Click here to read the report.

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.

Here’s the plan

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.

Help EJUSA change the conversation about violence with a tax-deductible donation today. Together, we will tip the scales toward justice.

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.

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With Libations and Justice for All – a beautiful and successful evening with the EJUSA Associate Board

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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.

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