Spring Lobby Weekend 2016: End Mass Incarceration

End Mass Incarceration

This year, Congress could actually take positive steps on mass incarceration -- but we need your help. New legislation, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. But in an election year this legislation will not be approved unless members of Congress hear from their constituents.

Thanks to hundreds of students, recent grads, and young adults coming to Washington, DC for FCNL's Spring Lobby Weekend, we're at a turning point. Stay tuned for updates on sentencing reform!

March 12-15, 400+ young advocates came to DC from 36 states to lobby congress on sentencing reform! #UnlockJustice

Posted by Friends Committee on National Legislation on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tentative Program

Saturday, March 12

Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC

  • Noon: Registration Opens and lunch (provided by FCNL)
  • 1:00: Welcome and Orientation – Diane Randall & José Woss
  • 1:30: "Ted Talks" on Mass Incarceration – the New Jim Crow
    Sentencing Reform the State Perspective from Virginia
    Julie Emery, Criminal Justice Reform Working Group at Virginia State Voices
    Josie Mace, New Virginia Majority
    Molly Gill, Families Against Mandatory Minimums
  • 2:30: Tell Your Story
  • 3:30: A Conversation with J. Jondhi Harrell, Returning Citizen and Quaker
  • 4:30: Worship
  • 5:00: Questions/New Attender Orientation
  • 6:00: Dinner on your own

Sunday, March 13

Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC

  • 8:00: Breakfast (provided by FCNL)
  • 9:00: Worship
  • 9:30: Telling Your Story
  • 10:00: We are Changing This System: From Crack Cocaine to Sentencing Reform
    Nkechi Taifa, Open Society Policy Center
  • 11:00: Lobby Ask—Sentencing Reform Legislation
  • 12:00: Lunch (provided by FCNL)
  • 12:30: Luncheon Keynote with Cynthia Roseberry, Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections and Clemency Project 2014
  • 1:15: Advanced Story Telling and Preparing to Lobby
    Maiya Zwerling, National Field Organizer for FCNL

  • 3:00: Allies You Can Work With
    Jheanelle Wilkins, Senior Field Manager at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    Kara Gotsch, Director of Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, United Methodist Church
  • 4:00 Jim Wallis, Sojourners Magazine and author of America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America
  • 4:30: Introduction to Lobby Training and Planning (optional)
  • 5:30: Dinner on your own (not provided by FCNL)

Monday, March 14

Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC

  • 8:00: Continental Breakfast (provided by FCNL)
  • 9:00: Lobby training
  • 10:00: Congressional Staff Panel
  • 10:30: Break out by state to plan visits
  • 12:00: Lunch (provided by FCNL)
  • 1:15: Group photo on the Circle
  • 1:30: Address by Senator Chuck Grassley, lead sponsor of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act
  • 2:15: Workshop Session 1
    - Get published
    - Develop your lobbying skills
    - Bring your message to radio and television
    - Joining the Advocacy Corps
  • 3:30: Workshop Session 2 (same workshops as 2:15)
  • 5:00: Networking reception with participants and staff at DC organizations
  • 6:15: Special Address with Sen. Cory Booker (NJ)

Tuesday, March 15

Note Different Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation – 212 East Capitol Street

  • all day: Lobbying on Capitol Hill
  • 8:00: Breakfast provided by FCNL
  • 11:30: Box lunches available at Lutheran Church
  • 3:00: Program ends

Online registration has closed.


Sen. Cory Booker

United States Senator representing New Jersey

Sen. Chuck Grassley

United States Senator representing Iowa

Jim Wallis

Founder and Editor, Sojourners Magazine

Nkechi Taifa

Senior Policy Analyst for Civil and Criminal Justice Reform, Open Society Policy Center

Cynthia Roseberry

Colson Task Force & Clemency Project 2014

J. Jondhi Harrell

Executive Director, Center for Returning Citizens

For Questions About...

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