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Equal Justice Initiative

We work to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. Led by Bryan Stevenson. Creators of @legacymuseum @MemPeaceJustice. #justmercy

Montgomery, AL

Joined on 20 June, 2012

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In a positive step, President Joe Biden ordered the DOJ not to renew contracts with private prisons yesterday. The U.S. has the world’s largest private prison population, and the federal government is the country’s single largest user of private prisons.

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On this day in 1967, sheriff deputies in Birmingham shot Robert Lacey, a Black father of six, when visiting his home after neighbors complained about his dog. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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A new investigative report from @NPR shows police officers have fatally shot at least 135 unarmed Black men and women nationwide since 2015. The report also reveals a glaring lack of accountability that has kept violent officers on the streets.

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On this day in 1970, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision to close rather than integrate a public park in Macon, Georgia. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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Replying to @eji_org: On this day, a Black man named Cleo Wright was lynched by a white mob in Sikeston, Missouri in the heart of the Black communit…

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On this day, a Black man named Cleo Wright was lynched by a white mob in Sikeston, Missouri in the heart of the Black community. Afterwards, 100 Black residents fled. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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On this day in 1879, a Black man named Ben Daniels was arrested on suspicion of theft because he had a $50 bill. That night, a white mob lynched him and his sons. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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On this day in 1957, four white men forced Willie Edwards Jr. to jump to his death from a bridge near Montgomery, Alabama because he offended a white woman. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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Last month the Orleans Legacy Project partnered with EJI to unveil a historical marker in remembrance of the July 1900 Mass Lynching in New Orleans, in which countless Black residents were terrorized, maimed, and killed by white mobs over several days.

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On this day in 1883, the Supreme Court held that the Force Act, a federal law passed to protect Black Americans from violent terrorism, was unconstitutional. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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On this day in 1948, Mississippi Senator and segregationist James Eastland successfully worked to block an anti-lynching bill making racial terror lynching a crime. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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On this day in 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress. White officials tried to declare his election null and void. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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Replying to @eji_org: Politically motivated violence and resistance to advancing civil rights is not new in America. In 1898, mobs of white people i…

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Replying to @camanpour: The Trump administration has overseen federal executions at an unprecedented pace on its way out the door, and the @eji_org'…

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The Trump administration has overseen federal executions at an unprecedented pace on its way out the door, and the @eji_org's Bryan Stevenson says this is unconscionable.

“In the US, for every nine people we’ve executed, we’ve identified one innocent person on death row.”

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Politically motivated violence and resistance to advancing civil rights is not new in America. In 1898, mobs of white people in North Carolina successfully carried out an insurrection against an interracial government, murdering nearly 100 Black people.

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On this day, mobs of white people roamed Watsonville, California, attacking Filipino farmworkers after Filipino men were seen dancing with white women at a dance hall. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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On this day in 1771, North Carolina approved payments to white enslavers to “reimburse” them for the execution of Black people that they enslaved. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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“I do not think that God approves the death penalty for any crime. Capital punishment is against the better judgment of modern criminology, and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. #MLKDay

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Replying to @eji_org: On this day in 1834, Alabama expanded its prohibition on settlement of free Black people. The new law allowed a free Black per…

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On this day in 1834, Alabama expanded its prohibition on settlement of free Black people. The new law allowed a free Black person to be captured and sold into slavery. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice

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