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This holiday season we wanted to give our supporters and allies an opportunity to get to know our staff members, their stories, and why they do the work they do. Read the profiles below and check back here in the future for updates. With your support, we can continue working towards a just democracy. 


Ashley Carter, Staff Attorney, Justice Project

You may want to ask Ashley for luggage packing tips because she’s always on the go, offering her litigation experience to partners on the ground in the name of racial justice and dismantling oppressive systems of mass incarceration and policing. You may catch her in New Orleans, Milwaukee or her beloved hometown, Detroit, where she has been working on busting myths in Michigan related to disenfranchisement for people with criminal convictions. She knew she wanted to be part of Advancement Project’s national office team because of the opportunity to work around the country supporting grassroots organizations and directly impacted individuals as they combat inequality and fight for social justice in their communities. 

Andrew R. Hairston, Staff Attorney

Though he could have gone into radio with his baritone voice, Andrew Hairston opted to use his voice to amplify the disparities in our education system and uphold the fundamental right to vote - particularly for people of color. Originally from the South, Andrew continues to be connected to the region, having recently presented at Netroots Nation 2018 in New Orleans and working with Advancement Project national office partners in Georgia and Louisiana. This proud Howard University alumnus was named American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Scholarship for 2018-19! We can’t wait to see what’s next!

Zerline Hughes Spruill, Managing Director of Communications

Formerly a journalist, Zerline decided that being an unbiased reporter didn’t allow her to advocate for the communities she connected with. Now, Zerline lives her work. The mother of two teenagers, she sees first-hand how the education and criminal justice system target Black young people. As Advancement Project national office Managing Director of Communications, Zerline feels like she can now effectively advocate for the racial justice issues that impact her, her children and the community at large. She leads our communications team in changing the narrative around youth criminalization, empowering people to take action, and amplifying messages to help get us toward a free and safe society for all.


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Art has long been essential to building strong movements. As such, Advancement Project National Office is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with GoArtful to create a capsule collection for our 20th anniversary!

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Dangerous and Untested Citizenship Question from the 2020 Census – For Now

Today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Department of Commerce v. New York, rejecting the Trump Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Decennial Census.

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“The Other America”: Celebrating MLK’s Legacy

  In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described an America with “a daily ugliness … that transforms the ebullience of hope into the fatigue of despair.” Join special guest Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Urban One Media, the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the nation, for this annual event. King’s words, amplified by music and movement, remind us that this “other America” still exists for too many today. Dr. King’s words will be amplified by musical performances from Gospel artist JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Howard…

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Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizations Condemn Backroom Ploy by Washington NFL Team to Get New Stadium Deal through Congress

Advancement Project is one of nine national civil rights and racial justice organizations condemning the NFL's Washington team location in DC while keeping the “R-word” racial slur as the team’s name and mascot.

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Affirming and Uplifting Transgender People and Activists on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today, Advancement Project acknowledges the 22 trans lives that have been lost this year and those prior. We mourn their deaths and honor the legacy of trans activists such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera by continuing to fight for a world that’s not only free of transphobic violence, but also actively embraces and uplifts the identities of transgender people everywhere.

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Civil Rights Groups Show Solidarity with Victims of Hate in National Full-Page Ads

The groups condemn all acts of hate and urge all victims and witnesses of hate to document their incidents.

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‘The Hate U Give’: Another Resource in the Youth Organizing Toolkit

In this heightened moment of political activity, young people are in need of an outlet to voice their concerns and feel empowered to impact what’s going on around them. The film, “The Hate U Give” makes an important point about what many young people of color experience, what they are witnessing and how to be politically engaged by it.

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Advancement Project National Office Statement on Murders in Louisville, KY, Pittsburgh

“Xenophobia, racism and anti-semitism in the United States is more than just a concept. It is real.”

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There is opportunity in darkness. Let the movement lead the way.

There is an opportunity in this darkness for us to organize deeper and wider, tapping the incredible energy we have seen in the streets, at the courts and at our state houses.

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