More than two million people are incarcerated in United States prisons, as well as local and county jails. One in three Black men in the U.S. will go to prison or jail if current trends continue. And today, nearly one in two Black women have a family member in prison.
Join us for a conversation with social entrepreneurs who are bringing justice back to the criminal justice system. Hosted by WNYC’s Jami Floyd.
During this event, we’ll hear from the speakers about why they couldn’t ignore this problem, and how they got the inspiration for their big, bold solution. Each solution and each social entrepreneur comes at the problem from a different angle. Hear them in conversation about how to have the biggest impact, and how you can challenge yourself to develop your own ideas and commitments to action.
→ Video Webcast
Can’t attend? Watch a live video stream here beginning 7pm ET
Glenn Martin is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of JustLeadership USA, a national nonpartisan membership advocacy organization working to reduce crime and cut the US prison population in half by 2030.
Gina Clayton is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of Essie Justice Group, a national organization of women that aims to restore family unity and safety to U.S. communities that are hardest hit by mass incarceration.
Deanna Van Buren is a 2016 Echoing Green Fellow and co-founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, which engages communities in the design and development of buildings that integrate restorative justice, economics, education, and reentry housing.
On the eve of our next president’s inauguration, The Greene Space at WNYC and Echoing Green convene the brightest minds in social entrepreneurship to show people how to see promise where others only see problems, teach them how to put bold ideas into action, and inspire them to bring change to their communities at the grassroots level. WNYC’s Jami Floyd hosts four evenings of storytelling, conversation, and hands-on solutions building with experts in the fields of technology, criminal justice, health care, and employment. This live event series runs from January 9-12. See the full schedule here.