Media training and
movement building
for public defenders.

September 20–22
Brooklyn, NY

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THE EVENT

BY PUBLIC DEFENDERS FOR PUBLIC DEFENDERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY.

In September, up to 45 defenders from around the country will convene to learn to leverage traditional and social media, technology, storytelling, language, policy advocacy, collaboration, and campaigns to drive transformative 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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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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This event is 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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Program

Full day-by-day breakdown to be announced.
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LAUNCH EVENT:
SEPTEMBER 20

Launch Event4

An evening of music, art, panel discussions with leading thinkers, and a launch party. Open to the public with tickets for purchase soon.

WORKSHOP:
SEPTEMBER 21 & 22

Worshops3

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

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Speakers & Trainers

Additional speaker and trainer announcements to come soon.

Attendees will work with an inspiring group of leaders in a variety of disciplines to enhance and broaden their public defender advocacy arsenal. The speakers and trainers will push defenders to think about new ways to leverage their expertise to drive systemic change.

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The topics that will be covered and skills you will learn include:

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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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.

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