ZEALOUS INSTITUTE 2019
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
In September 2019, Zealous launched a new community of defenders and held its first national training: A media and movement building event in Brooklyn for 52 defenders, representing 42 different offices, in 27 different states.
The interactive training combined plenary sessions with interactive, small group workshops led by a range of expert facilitators from a wide variety of fields and anchored by original curriculum, worksheets, and exercises. Participants were pushed to think about new ways to leverage their expertise to drive systemic change
During the training, NowThis, the most-watched news outlet on social media in the world, partnered with Zealous to set up a studio on site, and filmed over 20 Zealous Advocates to create justice-topic explainer films featuring public defenders.
The event included an art talk and exhibition by award-winning artist, writer, and author, Molly Crabapple.
SKILLS DEFENDERS LEARNED:
How to communicate experiences for maximum impact.
How to identify key allies and build trust to fight together.
How to use multi-dimensional strategies to change laws.
How to harness new tools to raise awareness and drive action.
How to work with journalists to share the injustices we see.
How to propel policy advocacy with video, web, data, technology and art.
How to command language to disrupt the status quo.
Media and Ethics
How to be thoughtful and deliberate in how we share.
Speakers & Trainers:
Founder: Silicon Valley De-Bug
Organizer & Activist
Founder: Civil Rights Corps
Lawyer & Activist
Founder: Campaign Zero
Data Scientist, Policy Analyst, & Activist
Founder: Gideon’s Promise
Executive Director: National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
Author: Bastards of the Reagan Era
Poet & Attorney
Journalist & Law School Teacher
Senior Staff Attorney & Director of Policy: Brooklyn Defender Services
NY State Director: Drug Policy Alliance
Opinion Writer: The Washington Post
Author & Journalist
Author, Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration
Law Professor & Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law
Director of Policy: Innocence Project
CEO: Starfish Media Group
Journalist, Author, & Philanthropist
Advocate, Author, & Podcaster
President: The Appeal
Journalist & Lawyer
Managing Editor for Digital & Data Journalism: The Marshall Project
Investigative data journalist
Political Director: NowThis
Journalist & Filmmaker
Criminal Justice Campaigns Director: Citizen Action of New York
Organizer and Policy Advocate
Founder & Executive Director, Common Justice
Author & Advocate
Artist & Writer
Senior Writer, Rolling Stone
Founder: Worker Agency
Campaign & Communications Strategist
Civil Rights Campaign Director, VOCAL-NY
Social worker & Organizer
Chief Strategist, New Yorkers United for Justice
Advocate and Strategist
Executive Director, Brooklyn Defender Services
Co-Founder, Family & Friends of the Wrongfully Convicted
Advocate & Exoneree
Founder & Executive Director, Worth Rises
Industry Strategist & Organizer
Chief Policy Counsel, The Bronx Defenders
Public Defender & Strategist
Supervising Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services
Reporter, Pro Publica
Senior Policy Attorney, New York County Defender Services
Litigator & Policy Strategist