Hi Everyone!                                         October 3, 2017
Thanks for supporting the work of the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC)!  

The Transformative Justice Coalition  is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, formed in 2015 by Renowned Civil Rights Leader Barbara R. Arnwine. 

On Tuesday, October 3rd, from 12:00-1:00 P.M. EDT, radio show host Barbara Arnwine, founder and president of the Transformative Justice Coalition  (TJC), was joined by her guests: Louis Elisa, Former Executive Secretary/Director of Development at Seaport Advisory Council, former U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, and former Region 1 FEMA Director, and currently a member of the International Black Emergency Management; and, Vernice Miller-Travis , a Senior Associate in the Community Planning and Design Group of Skeo Solutions . Ms. Miller-Travis also serves on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to EPA , and as Vice-Chair of the Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities . Barbara and her guests highlighted the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and the failure of the Trump Administration’s dilatory response to the devastating aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Barbara asked her disaster relief expert guests what is needed to be done in this moment to protect the lives of 3.4 million Americans in Puerto Rico and 105,000 Americans in the USVI. Other questions answered during the show include: Why are there only 10,000 federal personnel deployed for both USVI and Puerto Rico relief? Why isn’t there more evacuations, especially given hospital limited capacities? What can be done to get the appropriate recovery and relief response by the federal administration? Is race a factor in this failed US response? Considering the widespread damage done to several Caribbean island nations, should the US have a broader regional plan for relief? How can our listeners help?

Unfortunately, there was no podcast of this show and no livestream due to technical difficulties. However, there will be a highlight reel made of the footage we were able to get of this show, and it will be uploaded onto BarbaraArnwine.com and the Igniting Change Facebook Page.
*Please click on each guest's name for their bio and click on the show title for the complete show description. You can also catch up on key highlights from the show by searching "#IgnitingChange"   on your Twitter or Facebook, or by scrolling down the timeline of our @TJC_DC Twitter or @TJC.DC Facebook accounts. We live tweet every show!
The Transformative Justice Coalition Statement on the Las Vegas Massacre:
The Transformative Justice Coalition extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of all slain and injured at the Las Vegas Massacre.

We call upon the U.S. Congress to prioritize the passage of effective gun control laws and reject any legislation to loosen restrictions on gun silencers or body piercing bullets.
Las Vegas massacre: More weapons found, but no motive
Las Vegas investigation finds more weapons, but no motive

At least 59 people were killed and 527 were injured in the shooting that started late Sunday night. Police believe he killed himself, ending the massacre. Police searched the gunman's home in Mesquite, Nevada, where they found at least 19...

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The African American Women and the Law Conference Presents:

The 2nd Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Day of Political Action's Twitter Storm, in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer's 100th Birthday

#FannieLouHamerAction #SickAndTiredVote #VoteNov7 #FLHAction
The 2016 African American Women and the Law Conference decided that October 6th would be named "Fannie Lou Hamer Day", in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer's birthday. Fannie Lou Hamer Day is a national day of action, accompanied by a Twitter storm. This will be the 2nd Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Day of Political Action. You can follow along by following the Twitter handle @AAWLC2018 or the Facebook handle @AAWLC, or with the hashtags #FLHaction, #FannieLouHamerAction, #SickAndTiredVote, and #VoteNov7. 

This year, Fannie Lou Hamer Day will officially end Voting Rights Month, as we honor her 100th Birthday.
For Puerto Rico: Food and clothes donations create 'a second disaster,' experts say—
so just send cash:

  • United for Puerto Rico is a disaster relief effort put together by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello. It is sponsored by a number of large companies, including Banco Popular, Coca-Cola, Burger King, Walmart, Walgreens, JetBlue and Bacardi. In addition,
  • Global Giving is a crowdfunding site aiming to raise $5 million for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, so far it has $2.7 million from 22,803 people. It matches donations to local charities and groups in 170 countries.
  • The One America Appeal is headed up by all the living former U.S. presidents. The organization sprang up in response to Harvey, but expanded to include relief for Irma and Maria.
  • To support legal assistance, go to http://latinojustice.org/

National Voter Registration Day

Register. Vote. Be Heard.

#NationalVoterRegistrationDay #VotingRightsMonth #VoteNov7 #VRM17

Call 866-OUR-VOTE for answers to common questions about registering to vote.


Can I register to vote online? Is there a deadline before which I have to register to vote, in order to vote in the next election? What if I have a past felony conviction? Can I still register and vote? Get answers to these and other commonly asked questions about registering to vote, voting, and elections in your state.
Millennial Votes Matter Convening Report COMING SOON
Last week, the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC), during the week of the Congressional Back Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF ALC), held an amazing 3-day Millennial Votes Matter Convening and Training event. With our train-the-trainer model, we trained 22 Millennials from across the country to become Voting Rights Champions in their local communities. In addition to three days of seminars, workshops, and trainings, TJC also sponsored a panel at the CBCF ALC on Thursday, September 21st, on "Politics, Policy, and Power", that featured Millennial elected officials, activists, and thought leaders, and was keynoted by David Banner. An in-depth review of this convening and panel will be sent to you and available online this weekend.

Here Are the Biggest Cases
Coming Up at the Supreme Court This Term

  • Class Actions (Oct. 2)

  • Gerrymandering (Oct. 3)

  • Voter Purges (Nov. 8)

  • Gay rights vs. free speech (not yet scheduled)

  • Cell-phone privacy (not yet scheduled)

  • Sports gambling (not yet scheduled)

  • Travel ban (no argument scheduled)

  • Union fees and anti-gay discrimination
Here Are the Biggest Cases Coming Up at the Supreme...

Justice Neil Gorsuch's first full term on the U.S. Supreme Court promises to show just how much was at stake with his appointment. The term "will be momentous," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg predicted this month in a speech at Georgetown University ...

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    #StopSessions Update:
Top Stories of the Week

To view the sources and read the corresponding articles, please click the green links in the bullet points below. Reporting for The Transformer by: Caitlyn Cobb . Articles are organized by date of publication:

September 29th:

October 2nd:
  • Leftover Indian farmer settlement money plan left alone
  • BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal appeals court will not reconsider a plan that would distribute $300 million left over from a legal settlement involving the federal government to groups that help American Indians, even though the government’s attorneys say the plan is “regrettable” and wouldn’t have been approved under a Trump administration policy change…The money is left over from a $680 million fund approved by President Barack Obama’s administration in 2011 to settle claims by Native American farmers who said they were denied loans for decades because of government discrimination. Only about half of the 10,000 expected claims materialized…Attorney General Jeff Sessions in June banned the Justice Department from being part of settlements that provide for payments to third parties with no direct claims.

The Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) continues to call upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold additional hearings regarding Attorney General Sessions failure to disclose contacts with Russian officials. Also, we urge that he be questioned regarding his reversal of positions regarding voting rights cases, the Department of Justice's "Smart on Crime" programming, and his renewal of the "War on Drugs".  Read TJC’s press release opposing Attorney General Sessions’ Efforts to halt consent decrees here.
    Election Integrity Commission Weekly Update

To view the sources and read the corresponding articles, please click the green links in the bullet points below. Reporting for The Transformer by: Caitlyn Cobb . Articles are organized by date of publication:
Sign the petition now calling for the Trump voter suppression commission to be DISBANDED once and for all>>
Add your name: Disband Trump's voter suppression commission!

Trump's 'Election Integrity Commission' was convened under the guise of rooting out voter fraud in the 2016 election. But its true purpose is to justify voter suppression laws across the country, despite such laws being struck down as...

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  Veasey Introduces Bill to Deny Funding for Trump’s Sham Commission on Election Integrity #SupportHR3029

Jun 30, 2017 | Press Release
Veasey Introduces Bill to Deny Funding for Trump's Sham...

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, introduced H.R. 3029, the Combating the President’s Voter Suppression Act, to ensure no taxpayer funds will be used to support the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.

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You can take action this week to reach your Congressperson and Senators and ask to speak to your Representatives' voting rights staffer to urge that your Representative support Congressman Marc Veasey's bill, HR 3029, the Combating the President’s Voter Suppression Act . Call the switchboard now to reach your Representative at 202-224-3121. For more ways to take action, visit VotingRightsAlliance.net .

Contact your member of Congress and urge her or him to cosponsor H.R. 3029!
You can donate by clicking the button below to help us fight the new wave of voter suppression. 
Most Americans are unaware of the new wave of 99 voter suppression measures that are moving or have passed in 30 state legislatures across the country...

Help Fight the New Wave of Voter Suppression!

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October 22nd, 2017- , Memphis, TN, keynote speaker, Annual Women's Day, New Sardis Baptist Church, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

October 27th, 2017- Oregon, keynote speaker, Oregon Women Lawyers Fall CLE

October 28th, 2017- Oregon, Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Sector Annual Conference Luncheon