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  • May 21, 2018 6:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    JusticeAid’s double feature in Washington, D.C. around the 2018 theme The Criminalization of Poverty: 21st Century Debtors Prison was the best yet. On April 17 classmate Seth Waxman hosted a discussion at WilmerHale, featuring the Executive Directors/ Founders of the two beneficiaries: Alec Karakatsanis of the Civil Rights Corp and Gina Clayton of the Essie Justice Group. The panel highlighted the human and civil rights issues around “human caging” and the 70% of prisoners who are in jail because they don’t have the resources to afford bail; and then the incredible toll on those left behind—primarily women, who have to pick up the pieces to support their families emotionally and financially. The panel was live streamed over Facebook.

    The April 24 sold-out concert at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant, Paula Cole, Dom Flemons, Marshall Crenshaw and Kandace Springs raised over $120,000 for the two beneficiaries. Charles Bush and Jim Rowe served on the Host Committee for the concert. Jim Rowe underwrote a ClassACT table, hosting Seth Waxman and his wife Debra Goldberg, George Haywood, Holly Weeks and JusticeAid (and ClassACT) Board member Therese Steiner; and Charles Bush brought his daughter. Left Image Credit: Therese Steiner


    Left: Jim Rowe, George Haywood, Debra Goldberg. Right: Holly Weeks, Seth Waxman, Therese Steiner, Charles Bush. Image Credits: Katie Sundstrom

    ClassACT's own assistant Katie Sundstrom was working double time, helping JusticeAid with its social media posts and platforms, as well as overseeing the Facebook Live post of the panel.  She’s been nothing short of amazing. Katie also shot more #WhatJusticeMeansToMe videos with all the artists—in the bathroom off the Green Room, our makeshift recording studio. Thank you Katie!


    Jim Rowe, Therese Steiner, George Haywood. Image Credit: Katie Sundstrom

    The panel and the concert included short films on JusticeAid's mission and purpose, Civil Rights Corps, and Essie Justice Group. These set the stage for both events, and were great for positioning all initiatives. 


    Gina Clayton (Founder/Executive Director, Essie Justice Group), Alec Karakatsanis (Founder/Executive Director, Civil Rights Corps), Therese Steiner (Board Member, ClassACT and JusticeAid), Steve Milliken (Founder/Executive Director, JusticeAid). Image Credit: Katie Sundstrom

  • May 21, 2018 5:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Update from classmate sponsor Rick Weil: "I went to Sue Press’s annual Nu and Old Fellas Social Club ball a few weeks ago.” Sue’s social club embodies a form of social work that Rick calls “retail mentoring,” hands-on work with children in the Treme neighborhood which ClassACT has supported previously. “At a panel on tikun olam, the Jewish concept of service, at seminars on Jewish learning, two presenters who run the service program at Tulane were interested in the idea of helping coordinate the neighborhood mentor network I’ve been talking with Sue about developing.” 

    Rick also called our attention to a lead story in the New York Times in March 2018 about a new study about race and inequality out of Stanford & Harvard by Raj Chetty. “It was one of the best-done studies yet, and they concluded that mentoring might be one of the only things that works. Pretty cool from my perspective.”

  • April 22, 2018 6:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don't forget to send in your Class Report submission for Reunion Red Book. You should have received an email and snail mail about this recently. Although the deadline of April 27 may be a bit soft, timely submission will be important if you do not want to be left out! Also be sure to mark your calendars for Reunion October 11-14, 2018.


  • April 22, 2018 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Erum Sattar, BBLP Associate, authored a book review of Indus Waters Treaty: Political and Legal Dimensions by Ijaz Hussain, Oxford University Press. The review was published on Dawn.com; don't miss it! 

    View of the River Indus near Skardu

    "All those who desire a more peaceful and prosperous future for the region must undertake some clear-headed study of the long history of water-sharing and development in the Indus basin. To that end, this book is a critical contribution." - Erum Sattar

  • April 21, 2018 6:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ClassACT Bridge Project JusticeAid Presents:
    Songs for Lady Day, The Music of Billie Holiday

    Songs for Lady Day: The Music of Billie Holiday celebrates jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday during her birthday month of April with performances by Grammy Award-winning artists Cecile McLorin SalvantPaula Cole, and Dom Flemons, along with legendary singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw and contemporary star and repeat JusticeAid performer Kandace Springs

    Concert Poster

    100% of ticket sales will benefit JusticeAid’s 2018 beneficiaries, the Civil Rights Corps and Essie Justice Group. Both of these organizations are fighting inequality in our legal system.  

    Suzan E. Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, will be the emcee for the evening. Susan Shaffer and the Honorable Truman A. Morrison III will be recognized for their heroic efforts to end financial barriers to justice.

    Check out JusticeAid's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for clips, photos and updates on the concert!

  • April 17, 2018 9:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Criminalization of Poverty: 21st Century Debtors' Prison


    ClassACT bridge project JusticeAid, with Seth Waxman and WilmerHale, hosted a panel discussion on the criminalization of poverty. The panel was moderated by Vanita Gupta, President and CEO on the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.  Ms. Gupta was joined by panelists Alec Karakatsanis of Civil Rights Corps and Gina Clayton of Essie Justice Group

    Missed the panel? You can watch the entire thing on ClassACT's Facebook page

  • March 15, 2018 7:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of America." Sara Bernhardt

    ClassACT agrees! We are coming to Chicago April 21 and 22, and we want to get together with YOU!

    Get ready for a weekend of learning and fun.

    What's up?

    The Main Event: 
    Roger and Gina Myerson will host us on Saturday, April 21 from 6-8, at their home with a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. Come and bring your spouse/partner/family member for an evening of fun and a chance to learn about ClassACT

    What Else?

    FUN exploring together with a bit of learning thrown in.

    We are working on organizing the rest of the weekend and would love your input.

    Our ideas so far:

    • An exhibition tour at the Art Institute with classmate Andrea Kirsh as our guide
    • Grooving to the blues at Buddy Guy's Legends (a quick walk from the Myersons')
    • Sunday brunch at the Currency Exchange Café of the Rebuild Foundation 
    • A tour and taproom visit at Metropolitan Brewing (housed in the tannery formerly owned by classmate Rick Weil's family)
    • A visit to the Field Museum to look at their anthropological collections, which offer a chance to see changing museum practice over the past century
    • Taking the Chicago River architectural tour
    Have preferences and/or an idea you want to add to the mix? Send it asap, as we are going to try to nail this down soon.

    Want to attend? Email us at classacthr73@gmail.com.

    We have held regional events in DC, NYC, NOLA, Bay Area, and Boston and we are excited to add the Midwest to the list. Know someone you think might like to attend? Share this message and let us know so we can put them on the mailing list.


    Save the date and join us for the fun.

  • February 28, 2018 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tickets are now on sale for JusticeAid's April 24 concert, Songs for Lady Day. The concert will celebrate jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday, while honoring and supporting the work of its beneficiaries, Civil Rights Corps and Essie Justice Group. You don't want to miss this! Click here to learn more about the event and to purchase tickets. 

    Songs for Lady Day Concert Poster

  • February 20, 2018 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friends and admirers gathered at the Harvard Kennedy School on Saturday to celebrate the life and legacy of Asma Jahangir, human rights champion. Rick Brotman '73 filmed the speakers; click on their names below to watch their tributes. 



    Beena Sarwar
    Beena Sarwar
    Yasser Kureshi
    Yasser Kureshi
    Mahmud Jafari
    Mahmud Jafari
    Shahla Haeri
    Shahla Haeri
    Yasser Latif Hamdani
    Yasser Latif Hamdani
    Marty Chen
    Marty Chen
     Raza Rumi
    Raza Rumi
    Homi Bhabha
    Homi Bhabha
     Sugata Bose
    Sugata Bose
     Chanta Bhan
    Chanta Bhan
     Kashif Chaudry
    Kashif Chaudhry
    Tom Simons
    Tom Simons
     Sara Sulehri
    Sara Sulehri
    Ayesha Jalal
    Ayesha Jalal
    Amartya Sen 
    Amartya Sen
    Sughra Raza
    Sughra Raza
  • February 17, 2018 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2 programs to benefit from the next Justice Aid concert proceeds (April 24 in Washington, DC)  are:

    Civil Rights Corps, which brings cutting-edge class-action litigation all over the country to challenge corruption in our legal system, and they’re making a major impact. Civil Rights Corps has already has won victories over unconstitutional bail systems in jurisdictions in Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and more, as well as challenging debtors' prisons all over the South. Civil Rights Corps succeeds because of their commitment to partnering with community-based organizations in each of the localities where they take action, ensuring that local solutions take shape based on local input.

    and

    Essie Justice Group is an Oakland, California-based organization that mobilizes women with incarcerated loved ones to take on the rampant injustices created by mass incarceration, and they are helping lead the campaign for bail reform in California. Essie's award-winning Healing to Advocacy Model brings women together to heal, build collective power, and drive social change. Essie is building a membership of fierce advocates for race and gender justice—including Black and Latinx women, formerly and currently incarcerated women, transwomen, and gender non-conforming people.

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