Media training and
movement building
for public defenders.

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Overview

A DEFENDER MEDIA AND MOVEMENT BUILDING EVENT AND TRAINING.

In September 2019, defenders from around the country convened to learn to leverage traditional and social media, technology, storytelling, language, policy advocacy, collaboration, and campaigns to drive transformative change.

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PUBLIC LAUNCH EVENT:
SEPTEMBER 20

Launch Event4

An evening of music, art, panel discussions with leading thinkers, and a launch party.

DEFENDER TRAINING:
SEPTEMBER 21 & 22

Worshops3

2 full-days. An intensive, hands-on, and immersive training experience for public defenders to learn, share, and practice in real-time. Strategies for defenders to help transform the criminal legal system.

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Why Defenders?

We Are
Advocates

We fight in court, but many of the injustices we see cannot be changed from inside alone. Outside of court, we can challenge the public narrative and move lawmakers to change laws for the better.

We Are
Witnesses

We see and understand how the web of racist, unfair, and wasteful criminal laws and policies exacerbate poverty and public health issues and devastate lives without making communities safer.

We are
Experts

We are uniquely positioned to help in the fight to end mass criminalization alongside grassroots organizers and those who are directly impacted.

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THE TRAINING

AN IMMERSIVE TWO DAYS OF TRAINING. 

Public defenders collaborated with an inspiring group of leaders in a variety of disciplines to enhance and broaden their public defender advocacy arsenal. The speakers and facilitators pushed defenders to think about new ways to leverage their expertise to drive systemic change.

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Learning

Learning

from leaders in an array of disciplines: storytelling, organizing, policymaking, journalism, technology, design, and social media.

Collaborating

Collaborating

with fellow public defenders from around the country and challenging each other to shift the narrative around what “justice” should look like.

Strategizing

Strategizing

how to build powerful campaigns and coalitions that can transform criminal legal systems locally and nationally.

Launching

Launching

a coordinated national community of defenders equipped to leverage their expertise to maximize policy impact.

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The topics covered and skills defenders learned included:

Storytelling

Communicate experiences for maximum impact.

Collaboration

Identify key allies and build trust to fight together.

Campaigns

Use multi-dimensional strategies to change laws.

Social Media

Harness new tools to raise awareness and drive action.

Traditional Media

Work with journalists to share the injustices we see.

New Media

Propel policy advocacy with video, web, data, technology, and art.

Narrative Shifting

Command language to disrupt the status quo.

Media and Ethics

Be thoughtful and deliberate in how we share.

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Speakers & Facilitators

Additional speaker and trainer announcements to come soon.

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Radley Balko

Opinion Writer: The Washington Post

Author & Journalist

​Rachel Barkow

Author, Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration

Law Professor & Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law

Emily Bazelon

Author: Charged

Journalist & Law School Teacher

Reginald Dwayne Betts

Author: Bastards of the Reagan Era

Poet & Attorney

Rebecca Brown

Director of Policy: Innocence Project

Advocate

​Rabia Chaudry

Attorney

Advocate, Author, & Podcaster

Molly ​Crabapple

Artist & Writer

Khalil Cumberbatch

Chief Strategist, New Yorkers United for Justice

Advocate and Strategist

Josie Duffy Rice

President: The Appeal

Journalist & Lawyer

Nick Encalada-Malinowski

Civil Rights Campaign Director, VOCAL-NY

Social worker & Organizer

William Fitzgerald

Founder: Worker Agency

Campaign & Communications Strategist

Kassandra Frederique

NY State Director: Drug Policy Alliance

Organizer

Erin L. George

Criminal Justice Campaigns Director: Citizen Action of New York

Organizer and Policy Advocate

Derrick Hamilton

Co-Founder, Family & Friends of the Wrongfully Convicted

Advocate & Exoneree

Scott Hechinger

Senior Staff Attorney & Director of Policy: Brooklyn Defender Services

Public Defender

Andrea James

Executive Director: National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Community Organizer

Raj Jayadev

Founder: Silicon Valley De-Bug

Organizer & Activist

Alec Karakatsanis

Founder: Civil Rights Corps

Lawyer & Activist

Yung-Mi Lee

Supervising Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services

Public Defender

Scott Levy

Chief Policy Counsel, The Bronx Defenders

Public Defender & Strategist

Tom Meagher

Managing Editor for Digital & Data Journalism: The Marshall Project

Investigative data journalist

Andrea Nieves

Senior Policy Attorney, New York County Defender Services

Litigator & Policy Strategist

Soledad O’Brien

CEO: Starfish Media Group

Journalist, Author, & Philanthropist

Nico Pitney

Political Director: NowThis

Journalist & Filmmaker

Jon Rapping

Founder: Gideon’s Promise

Defense Attorney

Topher Sanders

Reporter, Pro Publica

Journalist

Lisa Schreibersdorf

Executive Director, Brooklyn Defender Services

Chief Defender

Danielle Sered

Founder & Executive Director, Common Justice

Author & Advocate

Samuel Sinyangwe

Founder: Campaign Zero

Data Scientist, Policy Analyst, & Activist

Jamil Smith

Senior Writer, Rolling Stone

Writer

Bianca Tylek

Founder & Executive Director, Worth Rises

Industry Strategist & Organizer

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This is just the beginning. Together, we will launch a national public defender community equipped to use new media advocacy and collaborate with local allies to work to end mass criminalization.

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Accommodations

The Hoxton

Be Comfortable

A comfortable home base for the weekend just down the street from A/D/O, the event and workshop space where attendees will be working and learning. Beautiful open spaces for connecting and relaxing. And just a few blocks from the Williamsburg waterfront and parks.

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Venue

A/D/O

Be Creative

This space was literally designed to maximize collaboration and creativity. Defenders will get to learn, move, experiment, and work together in big and small groups, inside, outside, in an interactive space. Also the location of the public launch party. 

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