Dream Corps JUSTICE Day of Empathy to Reform Criminal Justice
This year's Dream Corps JUSTICE Day of Empathy is on March 2nd and it will take place across all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Canada, and aired by their broadcast partner, REVOLT TV.
Dream Corps JUSTICE Day of Empathy is a nationwide virtual advocacy event and it is the largest day of action for criminal justice reform in the country. It connects people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system with local, state, and federal lawmakers in order to build empathy and promote reform.
The 2021 Day of Empathy will focus on legislative reforms with common ground support between political parties, including reducing incarceration, enabling full economic and civic participation of people with a criminal record, and restoring dignity to women behind bars.
5th Annual Dream Corps Justice Day of Empathy
Now in its 5th year, Day of Empathy has become a leading force to bridge the gap between lawmakers and communities disproportionately impacted by incarceration. Last year, as COVID-19 shutdowns began, Day of Empathy coordinated over 18 events in 13 states and Canada, engaging 43,000 impacted people and allies, in meetings with lawmakers to lend their voice and expertise to develop criminal justice policy solutions that will impact all of our families, lives, and communities. By focusing on humanizing people behind bars and their spouses, children, parents, friends, and crime survivors, Day of Empathy and its network of changemakers have successfully motivated justice reform legislation in 35 states.
Bipartisan Legislative Victories
In addition to leading the Day of Empathy, the Dream Corps JUSTICE team has been responsible for a series of bipartisan legislative victories over the past five years, including passing the historic First Step Act and leading the Dignity for Incarcerated Women campaign, which changed laws in more than a dozen states. To date, these efforts brought more than 16,000 people home from prison and positively changed conditions for more than 32,000 incarcerated women.
“Without empathy, we cannot achieve meaningful policy changes to criminal justice reform that keep our communities safe, our families whole, and our economy strong. As our country faces a historic moment to welcome in a new era, Day of Empathy will bring together storytellers, media partners, criminal justice advocates, and leaders at the local, state, and federal levels to advance justice and motivate life-changing progress.”
– Louis L. Reed, Director of Organizing and Partnerships for Dream Corps JUSTICE
Virtual Day of Empathy Summit
Along with activations across all 50 states, Dream Corps JUSTICE will also hold a virtual Day of Empathy summit on March 2nd featuring CNN commentator and Dream Corps JUSTICE founder, Van Jones along with storytellers, media industry insiders, technology leaders, and policy experts to highlight opportunities for justice reform in 2021.
The summit will be streamed by REVOLT TV, via their YouTube Channel at 5 pm EST.
Additionally, the summit will re-air on REVOLT TV on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT leading into REVOLT Black News at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.
REVOLT is the leading Black-owned and operated multimedia platform servicing content 24/7 across digital, linear, and live media channels. The platform produces rich content and original material with the biggest names in Hip Hop, along with reports of breaking news, current events, trends, and announcements within the Black cultural movement and Hip Hop world.
About Dream Corps
Dream Corps closes prison doors and opens doors of opportunity through our nationally renowned programs Dream Corps JUSTICE, TECH, and GREEN For All. We bring people together across racial, social, and partisan lines to create a future with freedom and dignity for all. We are working to build a future where “we the people” means all of us.