Smart Justice Day of Action: Uniting for Pretrial Reform

May 27, 2020 (All day)

Join the ACLU of Michigan online for our Smart Justice Day of Action: Uniting for Pretrial Reform on Wednesday, May 27th. 

A founding principle of our country's legal system is that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Yet, everyday Michiganders, who have not been convicted of a crime, are sitting in jail awaiting their day in court. This does not make our communities safer, disproportionately impacts the poor and communities of color, wastes tax dollars, and is a key driver of mass incarceration. To make Michigan an equitable and just state for all, we must overhaul our pretrial system.

Our Smart Justice Day of Action will bring our communities together in uniting for pretrial reform. You will learn more about the work that's being done, and how you can help overhaul our pretrial system. 

9:30-10:00: Opening Reflection with Marcia Lee
10:00-11:00: Volunteer Orientation + Live Q&A with ACLU staff Jessica Ayoub, Public Engagement Stragetist, Kimberly Buddin, Policy Counsel, and Phil Mayor, Senior Staff Attorney.
We'll review how volunteers can advocate from home and our current work. 
11:00-12:00: Social Media Action Hour 
You'll be able to advocate for pretrial reform using your social media accounts! 
12:30-1:30: Email Campaign Action Hour
You'll be able to directly email your legislator asking for pretrial reform!
1:30-2:30: Call Your Legislator Action Hour
You'll be able to call and leave a message to your legislator asking for them to support pretrial legislation! 
3:00-4:00: Centering Impacted Voices Panel with Kimiko Uyeda, Rev. Dale Milford, Johnell Allen-Bey, Elisheva Johnson, and Diana Prichard
This panel will center the experiences of people and organizations that work with people directly impacted by the criminal legal system.
4:30-5:30: Pretrial Recommendation Tele-Townhall with Representative David LaGrand, Represenative Graham Filler, Senator Jeff Irwin, and Representative Tenisha Yancey
Participants will have the opportunity to hear from legislators about current pretrial reform legislation, and ask questions. 
5:30-6:00: Closing with ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Dave Noble

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