In an effort to “Generate Compassion on a Massive Scale for millions impacted by the criminal justice system,” social justice activist Angela Stanton King will join diverse community leaders and foot soldiers at the Right Direction Church in Columbia, SC on March 5, 2019, to continue the wave of cries for righteous justice for oppressed Americans who have been harmed by an outdated criminal justice system in America and other crimes against humanity.
Stanton-King is the founder of The American King Foundation and goddaughter of Civil Rights activist Evangelist Alveda King. Stanton King is partnering with #cut50 and other organizations from across the country to take part in the National Day of Empathy.
As a formerly incarcerated, now liberated book publisher, author and reality television personality, Stanton King feels compelled to “give back to others from the grace and mercy she has experienced.” The Day of Empathy, the first of several scheduled gatherings, all of which will include community events, rallies at city halls, state capitals and other principal religious and governmental seats across the country, will include testimonies regarding incarceration in our nation. An expected outcome will be to educate, motivate and activate leaders and laypeople to unite and resist injustice.
Last year’s Day of Empathy reached 20 million people online, brought thousands of participants together, and organized a total of 500 face-to-face meetings with lawmakers. It also paved the way for an increase in bipartisan bills; including support for Dignity for Incarcerated Women; all which coalesced to build critical momentum for the First Step Act, which was signed into law in December 2018.
The 2019 Day of Empathy will share the perspectives of Americans impacted by the current justice system – from survivors of violent crime to those who are addicted to opioids or other drugs and those who are mentally ill. This Movement brings hope to incarcerated individuals who are working to transform themselves. These are the one blood/one human race that Dr. Martin Luther King called our “brothers and sisters.”
There are people with criminal records in America who are desperately seeking a second chance, while at the same time, America’s communities are being besieged by crime, threats to public safety, and violence; crimes against humanity.
“It is time to bridge the gap, come together with compassion for a constant humanity. Join us,” said Mrs. King.
Who: Angela Stanton King, Dr. Alveda King, Dr. Kevin Bailey, and more
When: March 5, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Right Direction Church International’s Family Life Center, 3506 Broad River Rd., Columbia, SC 29210
What: Day of Empathy is a national day of action to generate empathy on a massive scale for millions of Americans impacted by the criminal justice system.
Please visit dayofempathy.org to find locations in your city.
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#cut50 works to cut crime and incarceration in all 50 states by translating local needs into smart safety solutions. The organization brings together unlikely allies—formerly and currently incarcerated individuals, community members, crime survivors, local elected officials, and law enforcement–to keep communities safe and families together.