Listen to a recording of the livestream event here.
In the wake of the recent protests, justice advocate and philanthropist Jason Flom has been flooded with questions from people who are looking for advice on how to use their time, energy and money to make the biggest impact in the fight for equality in our criminal legal system.
Last week, Flom moderated “Power to the People,” a discussion and Q & A session featuring a panel of four leading criminal legal system experts and civil rights activists. Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Marie Cullors, prison industry expert Bianca Tylek, Drug Policy Alliance executive director Kassandra Frederique, and civil rights lawyer Alec Karakatsanis shared their thoughts on how people can take action individually and collectively. The session ended with a 30-minute Q & A from the livestream audience.
“In my three decades of fighting to transform our criminal legal system, I have seen countless examples of unimaginable cruelty, but I have never seen anything worse than the slow motion lynching of George Floyd by the very same people who were being paid with his tax dollars – and those of his community – to protect and serve him,” said Flom. “This on the heels of the brutal and senseless murders of Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, and thousands of other unarmed black people has pushed our fellow citizens past the breaking point.”
The founder and CEO of Lava Media (which includes Lava Music and Lava for Good Podcasts) and a founding board member of the Innocence Project, Flom has been widely recognized as a force for change in the criminal justice arena. For three decades, he’s worked closely with policy makers, advocacy groups, activists, celebrities, and other philanthropists to shine a light on the gross injustices of our criminal legal system and to help secure pardons, clemencies and exonerations for numerous wrongfully incarcerated men and women. In his Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom podcast, Flom has interviewed Brendan Dassey, Rodney Reed, and scores of others who have found themselves imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom is part of a slate of Wrongful Conviction Presents podcasts that can be found at www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com.