May 4th 2021 Newsletter

Welcome TJC Family! 
Join us in supporting the work of the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC)! The
Transformative Justice Coalition is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2015 by Renowned Civil Rights Leader Barbara R. Arnwine Esq. Board Chair is Daryl D. Jones Esq.


We are going to hold a town hall this Wednesday, May 5th, at 7 p.m. ET for activists and local organizations to learn more about the national John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement mobilization taking place on May 8, 2021.

On May 8th, the entire nation will move as one in Good Trouble! Watch the 12 - 2 PM EDT National Broadcast Virtually. Then gather for local press conferences, followed by John Lewis Votercades in 130 cities. End the day of action at the Celebration, Activisim and TeachIn villages. Speakers and performers include Marc Morial, Wade Henderson, Martin Luther King III, Helen Butler, Dolores Huerta, Chrys Matthews, Luenell Campbell, Maria Teresa Kumar, Georgene Louis and many more. Help us tell Congress that they must end the scourge of voter suppression sweeping our nation by passing S1 For The People Act, HR4 The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and S51 The DC Admissions Act.
Our thanks to the thousands of volunteers who have helped us to reach over 130 events posted here!  Please publicize to your friends, colleagues, family and members as we are only days away. Great comprehensive information and materials can be found at the event website .

Endorse here to join the nearly than 200 partner organizations, including NUL and more ....

Be sure to join one of the below committees and get ready to help spread the word:

 Meeting Schedule:
  • Planning Meetings are Thursdays at 4pm ET - link to join
  • National Broadcast committee will meet Tuesdays, Tuesday, May 3, at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. link to join.
  • The Teach-in Committee will meet on Fridays at 1pm ET. link to join.
  • The Votercade planning committee will meet Wednesdays at 4pm ET with the same link to join .
  • Meetings for the communications/ social media committee will be Wednesdays at 2pm ET. link to join.

There is an Act Blue link where folks can contribute to the Day of Action. Here is a sample email if you can ask your members to contribute.
  1. Please consider having your organization join transformative Justice Coalition, Public Citizen, DFAD, the Leadership Conference, CWA, the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Election Defense Coalition and End Citizens United in contributing to the mobilization. We are short right now on the funding we need!
  2. Resources for hosts: Sign up your event here: Outreach Pamphlet: Host Guide:

For More Information Visit TJC's Website
Special Recognitions
2021 Duke Honorary Degree
On May 2nd Duke awarded honorary degree to our very own attorney, civil rights leader and activist Dr. Barbara Arnwine; Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Professor Jacquelyn Campbell; Harvard Professor of History and of African and African American Studies Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham; and former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency William K. Reilly.

Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq, president & founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Currently, she also serves as Co-Chair and Facilitator of the National Commission for Voter Justice, the Millennial Votes Matters Convenings and the Voting Rights Alliance. She was the head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from February, 1989 until June, 2015 and holds the honorific title of President Emeritus. She has served as the Charles Hamilton Chair for the North Carolina Central University School of Law from 2016-2017 and has also taught at Columbia University School of Law. She also created the legendary Voting Rights “Map of Shame” in 2011, which exposed the new modern wave of voter suppression in the states. Her groundbreaking civil rights and human rights advocacy has been honored with many prestigious awards. She is the radio host of Igniting Change and is a regular presence in the national media, and is often quoted in the press. A graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law, she continues to champion civil rights and racial justice issues nationally and internationally in the areas of housing and lending, women’s rights, especially issues affecting intersectionality and African American women and girls, community development, employment, voting, education, policing restructuring, and environmental justice.
Duke University hosts commencement for Class of 2021 graduates with John Legend

Musician John Legend encourages the Duke class of 2021 to pursue goals of love, justice, understanding and mutual respect during his graduation speech Sunday, May 2, 2021 in Durham. BY DUKE UNIVERSITY

In recognition of the work done in 2020 and now in 2021, the Transformative Justice Coalition Board of Directors presented Barbara Arnwine Esq - Founder President and Daryl Jones Esq. - Board Chair with their very own megaphones.
Florida State Senate Approves Tighter Rules On Vote-By-Mail And Drop Boxes
An election worker stamps a vote-by-mail ballot dropped off by a voter before placing it in an official ballot drop box at the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections in Doral, Fla., in October 2020. The Florida state Senate on Monday passed a bill that would reduce access to drop boxes.
Lynne Sladky/AP

Florida lawmakers pass new voting restrictions mirroring Georgia and Michigan
Bill introduces new hurdles to voting by mail and restrictions on providing water to people waiting in line to cast their ballot
Republican state lawmakers look to empower partisan poll watchers, setting off alarms about potential voter intimidation
Voting rights activists are sounding alarms about Republican efforts in key states to empower partisan poll watchers and expand voter challenges -- arguing it could lead to voter intimidation that recalls dark chapters in US history.
Join us in supporting the work of the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC)! The Transformative Justice Coalition is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2015 by Renowned Civil Rights Leader Barbara R. Arnwine