Register to Attend a “Day of Empathy” on March 22, 2022

Our VAAC partner, Safe and Just Michigan, invites you to attend this important and meaningful day of events!

Safe & Just Michigan is pleased to be the state sponsor of the 2022 Day of Empathy, which will take place at the Michigan State Capitol on Tuesday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Speaker’s Library. We hope you’ll be able to join us for a day that will be packed full of enlightening and informational panel talks, chances to meet with either your own legislators or lawmakers on the discussion panels and many opportunities to catch up with colleagues you’ve made in the criminal justice reform community before, or to make new friends.

The Day of Empathy, nationally sponsored by Dream Corps Justice, was created to give people who have been impacted by the justice system a day to meet with key decision-makers in their state in order to share their stories and to illustrate why Michigan needs comprehensive criminal justice reform. Legislators need to hear from their constituents in order to do their job well, and we need to make sure that they hear our voices among them. This year, Michigan legislators are considering bills that could affect productivity credits for incarcerated people, bail reform, ending the practice of sentencing juveniles to life without parole, and more.

Participating in this event is free, and we hope you’ll join us. However, space inside the Speaker’s Library is limited, so please register now to secure your spot. Keep reading for more details about the 2022 Day of Empathy in Lansing, or simply register for the event by clicking the link below:
Register Now for the 2022 Day of Empathy
All scheduled events will take place inside the Speaker’s Library inside the Michigan State Capitol. The morning will start at 9 a.m. with a greeting and an opportunity to get to know other Day of Empathy participants.

Our panel discussions begin at 10:15 a.m. and will touch on many of these topics.
They include:10:15 a.m.: Voting rights for formerly incarcerated people, led by Nation Outside
11:15 a.m.: Bail reform
12:30 p.m.: Ending juvenile life without parole
1:30 p.m.: Special focus on incarcerated women, led by the American Friends Service Committee – Michigan Criminal Justice Program
We will provide a list of all panelists once plans are finalized, but we’re already excited that the panels will include legislators, business leaders and criminal justice reform advocates. Most importantly, there will be justice-impacted people on each panel sharing their own experiences, ideas and points of view.

At 2:15 p.m., we’ll be providing a quick tutorial on how to effectively communicate with elected officials for people who have never met with legislators before. We want this experience to be both empowering and enjoyable, so we want to set you up to succeed.

If you would like to meet your own state representative or senator during the Day of Empathy, we urge you to reach out to their office and make plans to meet with them on March 22. We will have legislators with us for the panel talks, however, and you will have a chance to speak with those lawmakers then.

For the rest of the afternoon, you will be free to either meet with legislators, talk with panelists, get to know other Day of Empathy participants or learn about some of the co-sponsoring organizations who will be joining us. They include:

AFSC – Michigan Criminal Justice Program, A.R.R.O., Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth, Citizens for Prison Reform, Friends of Restorative Justice, Michigan Center for Youth Justice, Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration, Michigan Faith in Action and Nation Outside.

We never want cost to be a barrier. All of these events are free, and lunch will be provided. However, space is limited inside the speaker’s library, and in order to make sure that we have enough food and enough handout materials on hand, we ask that you please register for this event. You can do that by going HERE.

Please keep watching Safe & Just Michigan’s social media sites on Twitter and Facebook and look for further email updates for further details. We can’t wait to see you there!
Click Here to Register for the 2022 Day of Empathy

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