On March 28 Justice United leaders delivered over 600 community members and made a deal with District Attorney James Woodall that has the potential to save safe yet unlicensed drivers tens of thousands of dollars a year in court fees and fines. More information is available here: www.ocjusticeunited.org/campaign_victory.
JU will closely monitor implementation of this deal. El Centro Hispano has recently secured funding to coordinate the deferral program and will soon hire a staff member who will serve as a direct contact for all eligible drivers.
On display at our action was our power: organized people and organized money acting together consistently and persistently. During our action JU leaders made two major commitments to build our power this spring:
1) Friends of Justice United Small Donor Campaign: JU has received a matching grant for donations up to $100 made during the month of May. Leaders have already pledged to deliver $12,076. Our goal is to secure $15,000 by May 31. These donations are crucial to ensuring our long term financial stability and political autonomy. Pledges can be made here: www.ocjusticeunited.org/friends_of_justice_united.
2) Listening Sessions to Discern New Agenda: This summer JU members will conduct listening sessions to set a new grassroots agenda for the organization. JU uses listening sessions to identify new collective concerns that are deeply and widely felt, and to identify leaders who are willing and able to take action on those concerns. More information: www.ocjusticeunited.org/listening_session_campaign_summer_2017
244 JU leaders have committed attend training (Justice United University) to learn how to conduct listening sessions in their community this summer. All JU member institutions, and institutions discerning membership, are strongly encouraged to send a team of leaders to training to ensure that your institution's voice is heard during this process.
Justice United University 1
Tuesday May 23 7:00 - 9:00 pm
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
940 Carmichael St, Chapel Hill
Justice United University 2
Thursday May 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
UU Congregation of Hillsborough
1710 Old NC 10, Hillsborough
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