I am the Field Director for Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and I had the honor of working over the past year with several EJUSA people at CPAC and at a Virginia-based conference event, and my experience with them was nothing short of phenomenal. I found them, as well as several more employees I met at another event, fully engaged with the initiatives we were pursuing. At the Virginia function I was extremely impressed with the level of engagement on a local level, and no one needed to be "brought up to speed" or educated on the current initiatives practiced there. In addition to being educated, driven and motivated to succeed, they were friendly, accommodating and working very hard especially to secure media attention, lining up television and radio interviews with both American and international media outlets to spread our message. In my everyday activities EJUSA people have made it very clear they are always there for me, whether I have questions about death penalty laws in other states, need assistance with Virginia laws, or just need someone to vent at after a tiring, frustrating day. It is a great comfort to me knowing their umbrella of knowledge and protection is always there if I need it, and my only regret sometimes is that I do not take advantage of their untiring generosity more often. I greatly recommend EJUSA to anyone with questions or concerns about criminal justice or civil rights. There is no one like them, and we are all better for it.
We partner with EJUSA in our death penalty repeal effort in Louisiana. They are an invaluable partner and work closely with us on every facet of the campaign. Despite being one of our national partners, they have a real talent in emerging themselves totally in our State's unique political and organizing landscape. They contribute to the campaign in broad ways that really help us in establish a strategic and sustainable legislative organizing effort.
We have worked with EJUSA for several years in our state based abolition campaign.
Their support has been so appreciated in the arenas of strategic thinking, technical support, and connecting to additional resources. They are a vital part of our team and help us achieve far more than we could alone.
I became aware of EJUSA through their vigorous work regarding the death penalty in the state of New Jersey, and was impressed with their commitment to social change. My admiration for the organization grew even more when I saw their work on police/community trauma in the city of Newark. EJUSA took their time in getting to know the community of Newark, along with direct contact with the residents and officers to hear their perspective and let it inform their work. Often times organizations come into a community promoting change but neglect the genuineness of getting to know the community directly, first. EJUSA's police/community trauma trainings have truly been transformative in the lives of those who attend the trainings. They are truly helping restore and build lasting, supportive relationships between the community and police department. EJUSA's work is notable and deserves continuous support and donations. Thank you EJUSA for being a part of the needed change to build a safer, healthier Newark.
I have worked with EJUSA staff as board and staff of a statewide death penalty abolition organization (Washington State), and as staff of a national death penalty abolition organization. Every person at EJUSA that I have worked with has been smart, strategic, and kind. EJUSA is its own organization with goals and an expanding vision - and one of their aims is to support the work/goals of other less-resourced orgs. They have also served as connectors to people/orgs, and a repository of "what's worked" - knowledge gained from their work across many different campaigns that saves state orgs from some of the trial and error work (time) of running campaigns.
I have had a relationship with EJUSA for nearly a decade - first as a member of staff, and now as a consultant and donor. It has been an inspiring experience. EJUSA is visionary with respect to criminal justice issues. Their pioneering approach to the death penalty has brought together the unlikeliest of allies. Die-hard conservatives, lefty-est of liberals, various religious communities, atheists, and more have been able stand together in common purpose under the umbrella of EJUSA. I believe this is because they are always delving deep, past the labels, to uncover the strands of truth that underpin us all. It has changed the game for the death penalty in the United States. This failed policy is on its last legs. Now EJUSA has broadened its scope. They are taking on the very foundation of our criminal justice system, which has caused so much harm to so many communities. In its signature style of strategic thinking and an uncompromising commitment to justice, EJUSA is shifting the paradigm of criminal justice in this country. And, as always, they are doing it with integrity and respect towards all stakeholders - including their own staff and volunteers. I hope to stay a part of that journey for a long time coming.
I've worked with EJUSA on a number of campaigns for years, and have always had a great experience and been impressed by their professionalism and vision. Most recently, I worked closely with EJUSA staff in Little Rock, Arkansas, to advocate against a series of executions. The team at EJUSA was incredible, working long hours with a do-what-needs-to-be-done attitude that made difficult work so much easier. The folks at EJUSA are all-in, they commit to addressing challenges head on, and they help bring a positive vision of what we can accomplish together.
Equal Justice USA is the kind of organization that makes your financial support feel like more like an an investment than a simple donation. I have been lucky enough to partner with them in their work to change the conversation about and the practice of justice in America. I have seen first-hand the dedication of their field staff, who work tirelessly to support the local organizations who are directly transforming their communities. Equal Justice USA's work in the areas of trauma-informed responses to violence and system accountability should be considered by anyone who believes the justice system can must become a force for good in our communities.
I am proud to support Equal Justice USA knowing that my contributions will be put to use making real change in our cities, our states, and our nation.
I sat on the Associate Board of EJUSA from 2015-2016 (volunteer position). EJUSA is one of the best organizations I've ever had the opportunity to work with. The staff is incredibly dedicated to the cause, and all make a concerted effort to engage a broad audience while targeting specific initiatives to focus on. It's way past time for death penalty repeal in America, and EJUSA is leading the charge.
Smart, strategic, impactful, supportive are just a few of the words that pop into my head when I think of EJUSA. As director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP), I have had the privilege of working with EJUSA for over a decade now and believe that much of the progress we have made in moving Tennesseans away from the death penalty is because of the extraordinary support provided to us by EJUSA. Their staff takes the time to listen to us about what is happening on the ground and then to provide the tools, specific to our context, to help us get things done. They have assisted us with every aspect of our work from coalition building and organizing to legislative strategy and board development. Our partnership with EJUSA is critical to our progress. Thank you, EJUSA!
Working with Equal Justice USA was a fantastic experience. The people there understand what they are doing and why and they know how to do it. I worked as a communications fellow in Texas with the Conservatives Concerned wing of EJUSA speaking on the death penalty.
I had the opportunity to write op-eds and present EJUSA's positions. I was impressed by their emphasis on factually verifiable evidence, concern for the people suffering in our society and their general interest in helping me to do my best. EJUSA is also happy to work towards the cause first and their own reputation second, as we worked with local groups to promote their message.
Overall, I am both impressed and happy to have worked with EJUSA.
I run Utah Justice Coalition, I have been working with Equal Justice USA for nearly 2 year now on a project to Repeal the Death Penalty in Utah.
I would highly recommend Equal Justice USA, they are an awesome organization and have been a great help in our grassroots organizing.
I managed a stateside ballot issue campaign to keep the death penalty out of my state of Nebraska. EJUSA and its staff were invaluable to our effort. They are experts who brought experience, knowledge, skills, workable ideas and determination to our campaign.
As a professional campaign manager, I quickly came to appreciate EJUSA as a dependable partner -- when an EJUSA representative made a commitment I could count on that commitment being met.
I have seen firsthand their careful stewardship of resources while delivering outstanding results. They were real professionals and I would gladly work with EJUSA again and again.
I worked with Sarah on the Death Penalty Fail campaign in the fall of 2016. That was possibly the most gratifying campaign I have ever run. The work that EJUSA does is integral to building a just society and they do an admirable job in that. My work with Sarah inspired me to think deeper about systemic injustice and inequality and I'm very grateful to them for the opportunity.
My experience with the EJUSA National Organizer, Christine Henderson, has been one of admiration and inspiration. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, people-skills, and organizational skills are outstanding. She is an excellent bridge-builder and team player with other organizations striving for the same social justice cause. She can cut across political party and religious/civic lines to bring together a diversity of people all striving for the same goal. She is an asset to any social justice movement in the local, state or national arenas.
As both a donor and former employee, I am deeply familiar with EJUSA’s work, and have nothing but praise for the organization. EJUSA is doing critically important work to change how we approach and think about criminal justice in the United States. It has a long track record of success, which includes playing a key role in ending the death penalty in seven states in the past decade. Unique to EJUSA is its commitment to and skill in building bridges between different groups and across ideological divides, which is so important today. In sum, EJUSA is a terrific organization that deserves your support!
I have volunteered for EJUSA in several capacities. As well, I'm a monthly donor. As a systems thinker and design strategist, I believe that intersectional approaches to taking on wicked problems (and our justice system is definitely that) is the best approach. In fact, I would argue the only successful approach to true paradigm shift. EJUSA is leading the way on that paradigm shift. Rethinking all of the actors in the system and what is best for each in order to achieve the change we seek. This is the group and approach to watch. Like they did with the anti-death penalty activism, this will be the group that in 25 years we say: they were ahead of their time. And they do all of this by building coalitions, caring for all their stakeholders, and leading with compassion. You will not be disappointed in supporting EJUSA. They are lean and effective and highly qualified.
Here's the thing, there are a lot of organizations that have a higher profile in the justice reform and anti-death penalty community, but there's one org that all those with higher profiles turn to get things done.
And that is EJUSA.
There the most influential organization you've never heard of. They have been apart of the national conversation on ending the death penalty for over 25 years, with actual state-level wins that have instigated the progression toward a complete nationwide end to the unconscionable practice. Now they are at the forefront a strategy for tackling community justice reform, beginning with strong advocacy for victims and bringing them together into restorative justice reforms. EJUSA is seeing a national movement toward ending the cycle of violence and they will lead that conversation, that organizing on the ground, in the same way they have done for the death penalty.
If you want to give to an organization that does so much with their dollars, EJUSA is your place.
I thank God for this organization, the one on one assistance given by Latrina has really helped to catapult the work that we have been doing for several years. When you have a team making sure that you are dotting all the I's as well as crossing all the T's and as well as yourself havin a since of compassion for what you do.Because of this organization our organization will be more than prepared to provide crime victims the service that they need and deserve to some how help them to discover their purpose and help them in becoming whole. If I was to rate them they would surely get an excellent across the board.
I worked as the policy director of a state policy non profit and worked closely with EJUSA on a large project. They helped our efforts in our state for death penalty repeal and criminal justice reform immensely. Their expertise and strategic advice helped us to be very successful in our efforts. They are reliable, knowledgeable, competent, friendly, and truly care deeply about the work they do. They were an invaluable partner to us and the key to helping our state coalition work toward the abolition of the death penalty.
This was my first time engaging this organization. As a community activist in Jacksonville, Florida I found them to be through, thoughtful, consistent, informative, factual, and professional. My work with Mrs. Christine Henderson was beyond our organization expectations. She appeared untiring, unrelenting about truth, and determined to seek and get professional results for EJUSA and those she worked with. A+