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Sponsored organization
JusticeAid
Organization description
JusticeAid’s mission is to identify and eradicate barriers that limit economic justice, personal freedoms, or the opportunity to exercise the rights that every person should possess, regardless of background or circumstance. Using the arts as our medium, we celebrate the work of, and provide financial support to, organizations actively engaged in the fight against injustice.
Project update
· Classmates Ham Fish, Jerome Harris, Rob Segwick, Therese Steiner joined JusticeAid Founder and CEO Steve Milliken and ROCKED OUT at the  May 24th concert “Gotta Serve Somebody” benefitting the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center on Bob Dylan’s birthday. Six phenomenal female jazz and blues artists celebrated the music of Bob Dylan, a powerful illustration that art has the power to create positive world change. The night before, classmate Linda Corman attended a standing-room-only JusticeAid-hosted panel “Justice, Mental Health and Incarceration," moderated by New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Winerip, and including several people involved in the Close Rikers movement.  The panel, focussing on barriers to justice for people with mental illness, was live-streamed on Facebook Live— a ClassACT and JusticeAid first! First event: New Orleans, concert at the House of Blues. We were able to coordinate with The Roots of Music. Approx. 15 classmates attended.
· Second event: Washington DC, Spring 2016. Approx. 15-20 classmates attended, and we held a ClassACT Weekend around the event.
· May 2017, we will have an informal relationship with a concert and lectures they will be doing in NYC.
· Through our work with them, Therese Steiner became a board member and has advised them on uses of social media.
Project support request
- Best practices for promoting civil rights through the arts using effective brand building and integrated marketing (i.e. multiple communications platforms)
- A deeper understanding of the arts and entertainment business--we are proud to pay artists market rates, and we are learning more each day about promotion and production of show
- Assistance with alumni engagement in raising awareness about our organization and participation with our events
- A franchise model - based on the JusticeAid experience - for other nonprofits interested in fundraising through the arts
- Board development (long-term)
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Project contact
Steve Milliken
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Project location
USA

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