Tompkins County Virtual Town Hall
Racial Justice and Healing:
Voting Rights, HALT Solitary Confinement and Parole Justice
7-8:30pm, Wednesday, May 19
Zoom registration link:
For info: Liza Cobb,, 571-275-2107

To a virtual town hall, the Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ) and Tompkins County
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) have invited racial justice activists, people most
affected by our state’s punishment system, and advocates for social justice to speak
about policies that contribute to flourishing communities that respect the dignity and
humanity of all.

At the town hall, outstanding organizers will share recent victories for fundamental
human rights during the 2021 NYS legislative session and advocate for important bills
central to the People’s Campaign for Parole Justice. Phoebe Brown, the CNY AFJ
coordinator and a candidate for the Ithaca Common Council, will serve as moderator.
Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for questions.

ReEntry Theatre actors: Personal experiences of incarceration
Soffiyah Elijah, ED, Alliance of Families for Justice: Voting rights for disenfranchised
Jerome Wright, Western NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC):
HALT solitary confinement
Jose Saldaña, ED, Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP): People’s Campaign for
Parole Justice
TeAna Taylor, Policy and Communications Associate, RAPP: Take Action: Elder Parole
and Fair and Timely Parole bills
Anna Kelles, NYS Assembly member for District 125: Call to support “Justice Roadmap,”
including parole justice bills, in Upstate NY
Khalil Bey, Ithaca artist, community activist and mentor who was formerly incarcerated:
Inspiration through art
Bill Underwood, former entrepreneur in the music and entertainment business, now
serving community through Underwood Legacy Fund: After 33 years of incarceration,
creating second chance at life

Co-sponsors: Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP); People’s Campaign for Parole
Justice (PCPJ); Western NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC);
ReEntry Theatre, project of Civic Ensemble; Tompkins County Antiracist Coalition; and
Decarcerate Tompkins.

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