Emma and Tessa’s Ultra for Equal Justice Initiative
Hi everyone! We are running a trail 50K (31.1 miles) on July 11th to raise money for the nonprofit organization Equal Justice Initiative (EJI).
“The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. EJI produces groundbreaking reports, an award-winning wall calendar, and short films that explore our nation’s history of racial injustice, and we recently launched an ambitious national effort to create new spaces, markers, and memorials that address the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, which shapes many issues today. EJI provides research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of criminal justice reform” (https://eji.org/about/).
We chose to raise money for EJI because of the extensive injustices built into America’s prison system. Some of the startling statistics reflecting these are:The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prisoners
America’s prison population skyrocketed from 196,441 in 1970 to nearly 2.3 million today
African Americans make up 6.5% of the American population but 40.2% of the prison populace. While a white male has a 1 in 17 chance of ending up behind bars, for black males it is 1 in 3
We hope that you will support us in our first ultramarathon by contributing to the Equal Justice Initiative’s mission.