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JUSTICE & civic engagement initiative

This hardworking group focused on a multi-pronged approach including projects and support of JusticeAid and JusticeAid’s beneficiary, as well as a long term project dedicated to civic education and creating a state by state primer on gerrymandering.

To learn more, or if you’d like to get involved, contact Therese Steiner or Bahman Mossavar-Rahmani.

GERRYMANDERING: OUR DEMOCRACY AT RISK

  • ClassACT HR73 is pleased to present its primer on gerrymandering: "Gerrymandering: Our Democracy at Risk.” Written by James P. Harbison and J. Ryan O’Connell with editing by Sallie Gouverneur, the primer outlines the gerrymandering practices of each state, and includes a compilation of local resources and an Action Plan for classmates who would like to address gerrymandering issues in their state.

Image credit: Pamela Garlick

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    • Sub-committee leaders: Jim Harbison, Sallie Gouverneur, Ryan O’Connell and Andrea Kirsh, with Sara Greenberg and Nini Cohen.

JUSTICEAID AND SMYAL (SUPPORTING AND MENTORING YOUTH ADVOCATES AND LEADERS)


  • The Justice & Civic Engagement Initiative supported and created programs to promote awareness for JusticeAid’s 2022 beneficiary, SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders)
  • Led by Therese Steiner and Steve Milliken.

Every year JusticeAid, founded by classmate Steve Milliken, identifies a pressing civil rights issue to spotlight, and carefully selects a nonprofit addressing that issue as its grantee partner.  This year JusticeAid will be working with SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders). SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.

Please be on the lookout about JusticeAid’s free public forum in partnership with The Riverside Church of New York (May 15) and the JusticeAid Spring Concert in New York City (May 16).

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