Nonprofit Spotlight: Equal Justice Initiative

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We have partnered with Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) on a collaboration that gives back. Based out of Montgomery, Ala., EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization protecting marginalized communities in the United States. It provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. EJI challenges poverty and racial injustice, advocates for economic equality, works to end mass incarceration and excessive forms of punishment, and strives to protect human rights.

EJI believes in equal justice for everyone and works to eliminate racial bias within the criminal justice system. The nonprofit also strives to protect children’s rights, believing that no children under the age of 14 should be prosecuted as adults. EJI reports that thousands of children in the United States have experienced sentencing as adults and have been sent to adult prisons. Furthermore, EJI aims to end mass incarceration and investigates dangerous and unconstitutional prison conditions. The organization also works to end the death penalty policy in the United States. 

Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of EJI, is a renowned public interest lawyer committed to helping impoverished individuals, the incarcerated, and the condemned. He has won significant legal challenges, including unfair sentencing, and has led the way in anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts challenging racial inequality here in the United States. In addition to his numerous achievements in the criminal justice system, he is a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, has received more than 25 honorary doctoral degrees, and wrote “Just Mercy,” a New York Times bestseller.

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A new documentary, “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality,” was released this year and showcases the incredible work Stevenson has accomplished. The documentary not only tells the story of Stevenson’s struggle and experience in fighting for justice, but it is told through his own words. It also gives a historical account to injustices and how it has influenced him to become a lawyer. Another highlight of the film is showcasing EJI’s opening of the Legacy Museum and its National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Open for a little more than one year, it is the only of its kind. We suggest watching this compelling story of the pursuit of justice. (For more information and where to watch the film: “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality”)

We are proud to collaborate with EJI on a collection of PURPOSEfull TOTES that feature inspiring words by Stevenson. The Little Market encourages you to do good with your dollar by purchasing a tote to make a difference. For each bag purchase in this collection, 50 percent of the price of the bag will be donated to EJI in support of the organization’s efforts to advocate for basic human rights and to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States.

Thank you for your support of The Little Market and our partnerships with inspiring nonprofits such as EJI. Stay tuned on Cultural Exchange for more coverage on nonprofits we love. 

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This article was originally published on January 21, 2019 and updated on June 25, 2019.

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