National #DayOfEmpathy – Newark, New Jersey March 5, 2019
Trenton, NJ – February 28, 2019 —
Crime hurts. Justice should heal. That’s why we’re joining the National Day of Empathy with #cut50 to build empathy in our governors, state legislators, and other policymakers to act now on criminal justice reform. #DayOfEmpathy and cordially invite you and your staff to attend one of the events at numerous locations throughout the state, the main event will be in Newark.
On March 5, 2019, Americans impacted by the criminal justice system nationwide will meet with lawmakers to share their stories and experiences. Women/Men Who Never Give Up, Inc. in partnership with #cut50 invites all New Jerseyans to join with hundreds of individuals throughout the United States for this call to action. WWNG will be hosting 5 separate events throughout New Jersey: Atlantic City, Burlington, Camden, Newark, and Patterson.
In order to reform our criminal justice system, we must first humanize and empathize with those who are impacted by it. This includes crime survivors and those who have committed crimes.
The Day of Empathy highlights the need for #cjreform and shares the perspectives of Americans impacted by the current justice system – from survivors of violent crime to those who are addicted to opioids or other drugs and those who are mentally ill to incarcerated individuals working to transform themselves, people with a criminal record desperately seeking a second chance, and all community members impacted by crime, public safety, and violence.
Without empathy, we cannot achieve meaningful policy changes that keep our communities safe, our families whole, and our economy strong. There are thousands of people – mothers, fathers, children and community members – who have stories to tell.
The Day of Empathy shines a light on people impacted by the criminal justice system to, uplift their voices, and win over hearts and minds towards the idea that transformation is possible.
We feel the #DayOfEmpathy is a perfect opportunity for our State legislators to meet and hear from those directly impacted by incarceration and criminal justice in their State.
Come join us on Tuesday, March 5th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the NAN Tech Center, 400 Hawthorne Avenue, Newark, NJ, as we share experiences and hear stories from individuals and families impacted by the criminal justice system. Scheduled speakers include Kevin Muhammad, Women/Men Who Never Give Up Inside/Out Program Mentor, Raymond Thomas, Newark 2-A Survivor’s School of Hard Knocks, Justice Roundtree from 360 Arts & Justice, Tiyana Scarlett, Barry Pinckney, Antonne Henshaw, Ibrahim Sulaimani, William Steltz,and Mark Hopkins, all NJ-STEP/MVC students, Gloria Lucas Reynolds, whose son died while he was incarcerated, Ronald Pierce of NJISJ, Dameon M. Stackhouse, NJ-STEP Rutgers, Asst. Program Manager Social Worker Liaison at NJISJ Autism Center Of Excellence and others. We will be discussing criminal justice in New Jersey and how it impacts not only loved ones but our community as well, focusing on pending legislation on restoration of voting rights for individuals incarcerated, on probation or parole; the “Dignity for Incarcerated Primary Caretaker Parents Act,” the “Earn Your Way Out” Act, and other potential legislation in New Jersey.
To register for the event, or to learn more about the #DayOfEmpathy NJ , visit www.WWNG.org or the links to Eventbrite events which are broken-down by location.