I’m turning 40 (!) on August 1. We’d planned to have a party, but obviously that isn’t an option in These Times—because of the virus, but also because there is so much more critically important stuff going on in the world than cocktails and embarrassing old photos!
It’s ambitious, but I want to see if we can raise $4,000 ($100 for every year I've been around) for the Equal Justice Initiative by my birthday. Ben and I will match it with the money we would have spent on a big party, and what we match will be matched again by his work, which means that $4,000 would turn into $12,000 to fight for an end to mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the American criminal justice system. My deepest hope is that by the time my 50th birthday rolls around, we have made significant strides towards a system that lifts up every voice and values every life.
I know there are endless causes asking for donations right now—if you're able to pitch in, I deeply appreciate it. Thank you!
More information about the Equal Justice Initiative:
"EJI is a private, nonprofit law organization that has provided legal services to the poor, incarcerated, and condemned for 30 years. From our office in Montgomery, Alabama, we have challenged mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and the abuse of children, people with disabilities, and the indigent in America’s criminal justice system.
We have made eliminating racial bias and discrimination against the poor a central feature of our work and have won major legal reforms and secured relief, release, or reduced sentences for over 140 condemned people on death row. Our advocacy and litigation to ban mandatory life-imprisonment-without-parole sentences for children resulted in landmark rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court that have impacted thousands of cases."