What will these candidates do to #ReformDCJustice?
You're invited! <[link removed]>
Washington D.C.'s criminal justice system is broken. Community trust in police is diminished, systemic racism drives increasing inequality and inflicts harm on communities of color, and violence persists in our neighborhoods.
The public health and economic crises resulting from COVID-19 have exacerbated these problems, and created new and urgent challenges for our criminal justice system, including questions about safety and crowding in the D.C. jail, how to handle pretrial detention and arrests during a pandemic, and who to prioritize for release.
We'll address these issues and more at two online Candidate Forums on April 22 <[link removed]> and May 6 <[link removed]>. We'll ask candidates for D.C. Council seats in Wards 2, 4, 7, and 8 how they will advance criminal justice reform if they are elected to serve District residents.
All candidates on the June 2 primary ballot have been invited to attend. We hope you'll join these important online events.
#ReformDCJustice D.C. Council Candidate Forums
How will the candidates running for the D.C. Council #ReformDCJustice?
Wards 2 and 4: Wednesday, April 22, 6 - 8 p.m.
Wards 7 and 8: Wednesday, May 6, 6 - 8 p.m.
Learn More <[link removed]>
When you register, you can submit questions for the candidates, or tweet your questions to the candidates using #ReformDCJustice before and during the events.
These events are free and open to all.
Closed-captioning and live Spanish interpretation will be provided. The events will be recorded.
We are co-hosting these forums with these outstanding organizations: Black Swan Academy, BYP100, Campaign for Youth Justice, Council for Court Excellence, DC Justice Collaborative, DC NAACP, Fair Budget Coalition, John Wesley AME Zion Church, Justice for Muslims Collective, Justice Policy Institute, Many Languages One Voice, National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, Stop Police Terror Project DC, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
I hope to see you online!
Executive Director, ACLU of The District of Columbia