We are excited to announce our newest collaboration with nonprofit organization Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Based out of Montgomery, Ala., EJI is a private, nonprofit organization protecting marginalized communities in the United States. 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 and notes its connection to practices such as lynching.
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.
We are proud to collaborate with EJI on a collection of PURPOSEfull TOTES that feature inspiring words by Stevenson. 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.
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.
Equal Justice Initiative