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Advancement Project Turns 20

 

6–10 p.m. EST*

THIS IS NOT A GALA—It's a movement!

We put together the racial justice event of the year!

Advancement Project National Office celebrated 20 years of progressive racial justice movement work with an event beyond any gala. Hundreds came out and joined our attorneys, organizers, grassroots partners and influencers in racial justice sports, culture, arts, and entertainment as we celebrated with great food, performances, and more.

This was for the people!

If you missed it, or just want to relive the night's moments, check out the gallery below.

*By taking part in this event you grant the event organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions.

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Advancement Project National Office, Puente Human Rights Movement Demand Release of 114 Protesters

On May 30, 2020, as millions of people marched in defense of Black lives after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, the Phoenix Police Department arrested 114 people, including medical and legal observers. We demand the immediate release of all 114 protestors. Further, by increasing the numbers of people in jail, those individuals are being exposed to heightened risks of contracting COVID-19 as cases inside Arizona jails, prisons, and detention centers continue to increase. To read the full letter, click here.

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How You Can Act Now to Address Police Violence

You’ve heard it time and time again: we are living in unprecedented times. The coronavirus has exacerbated every systemic flaw embedded in the American fabric. This pandemic, juxtaposed with the recent police killings of Breonna Taylor (Louisville, KY) and George Floyd (Minneapolis, MN), has lifted the veil on racial injustice for some and reaffirmed what others already knew. Wherever you stand, the reality is that people are activating with hopes of implementing new social systems and attaining real justice.

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Advancement Project National Office Statement: We Applaud Minneapolis Public School Board’s Resolution to Cut Ties With Minneapolis Police Department and Urge All School Districts to Follow Suit

On Friday, May 29, Minneapolis Public School Board Director Josh Pauly announced he drafted a resolution to end their contract with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), following the University of Minnesota’s decision to end their contract with MPD earlier this week. This came swiftly after the brutal murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on Monday, May 25. Advancement Project National Office and Alliance for Educational…

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Former Virginia Commissioner of Elections Files Brief in Support of Absentee Ballot Accommodations Made by Commonwealth in Wake of COVID-19

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Advancement Project National Office and Hogan Lovells filed an amicus brief and declaration on behalf of Edgardo Cortés, Virginia’s first Commissioner of Elections, in support of the absentee voting accommodations made by Virginia to protect voters from potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. The brief, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Thomas Curtin v. Virginia State Board of Elections, urges the court to deny a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs several weeks into the absentee voting process for the state’s June 23rd primary. “Plaintiffs now…

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Civil Rights Organizations Sue East Baton Rouge Parish Prison For Immediate Release of Vulnerable People Ahead of Deadly COVID-19 Spread

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2020 MEDIA CONTACTS Joshua Garner, 240-326-3874, [email protected] Jen Nessel, Center for Constitutional Rights,  212-614-6449, [email protected] Gina Physic, 202-505-4659, [email protected] Advocates warn an outbreak is imminent inside the prison Baton Rouge, LA – Today, several civil rights and racial justice groups filed a federal lawsuit calling for the release of people inside East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, arguing that parish officials are risking the lives of everyone inside and the community at large because of their failure to respond to the threat of COVID-19. Naming the City of Baton…

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Democratizing Voter Protection

  Access to the ballot gives Black and Brown communities power in the matters that affect their lives. State and local election officials that administer elections are critical players in ensuring access to the ballot. Year-round accountability with these election officials and following up on potential barriers is the only way to ensure smooth and inclusive elections. Advancement Project continues to lead the charge for free, fair and assessable elections, learning from the failed election administration practices and partisan political practices from the 2000 election debacle. We have a permanent presence on the ground working alongside grassroots and faith based civic engagement organizations, which register,…

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We won! First of its kind Federal order during COVID-19

As you know, our Justice Project team has been working hard to combat the spread of coronavirus in jails nationwide to keep communities #FreeAndSafe – and today, WE WON! Today, civil rights and racial justice groups have won freedom for medically vulnerable people inside the Oakland County Jail in Michigan, and family members will soon welcome home loved ones eligible to serve their sentence while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. [READ MORE HERE] In response to ours and our partners’ claims that county officials are risking…

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Michigan: First Federal Court Win Ordering Release of Medically Vulnerable People in our Country’s Jails

Civil Rights, Racial Justice Organizations Win Michigan Lawsuit Granting Immediate Release of Medically Vulnerable People During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Quarantine Week 10: Wins, Setbacks and Hope 

“If I fall, I’ll fall five feet four inches in the direction of freedom. I’m not backing off.” -Fannie Lou Hamer By Maya Boddie Over the past few months, life has looked different. Schools have closed their doors. Primary elections were delayed or canceled. What we once knew to be normal is no more.  But one thing has remained the same: the need for our work here at Advancement Project National Office. Our model is perfectly situated for us to be first responders in this moment. In the midst of warranted fatigue falling on our lawyers, communications experts, organizers and…

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#FreeBlackMamas with Michigan Liberation this Mother’s Day

Powered by the People #FreeBlackMamas is an annual campaign by National Bail Out seeking to raise awareness about the human and financial costs of money bail and emphasize its impact on Black mothers and caregivers. This year, we’re supporting our partner Michigan Liberation in their goal of raising $60,000 to help free Black mamas throughout Michigan. And as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout jails and prisons in the state, the need to protect and save the lives of Black mothers is more critical now than ever. To raise awareness about the harsh reality facing incarcerated Black mothers, Advancement Project…

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