April Events

April: Second Chance Month

April is being designated as the “Second Chance Month” thanks to a resolution introduced by US Representatives Mark Walker and Tony Cardenas based on the idea that the American story has a history of second chances. The Second Chance Month designation can contribute to increased public awareness about the impact of collateral consequences, the need for closure for those who have paid their debt, and opportunities for individuals, employers, congregations, and communities to extend a second chance and empower individuals to change their lives. For more information, visit https://csgjusticecenter.org/jc/media-clips/reps-walker-and-cardenas-introduce-resolution-to-designate-april-2019-as-second-chance-month/

Road to Second Chance Prayer Walk (4/6/19)

Join Prison Fellowship at The Road to Second Chances Prayer Walk on April 6, 2019 from 2:00-3:30PM in Lafayette Square as they unlock brighter futures for the approximately 70 million Americans living in the shadow of a criminal record, as well as celebrating their dignity and potential. At organized stops along the way, you will hear real-life stories of people searching for their second chance. Register for this free event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/road-to-second-chances-prayer-walk-2019-washington-dc-tickets-54732513421  

National Crime Victims Rights Week (4/7/19-4/13/19)

The Office for Victims of Crime at the Office of Justice Programs is holding their annual National Crime Victims Rights Week from April 7th to April 13th. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.” This week long event celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed.

The Marshall Project: A Discussion on Criminal Justice and Religion (4/9/19)

Join the Marshall Project in their monthly speaker series April 9, 2019 at 12PM at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center as they discuss criminal justice and religion in public discourse. This discussion will feature prominent Americans, such as Congressmen and Reverends, as they explore how to create and disrupt narratives around criminal justice. Register for this free event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-the-story-criminal-justice-and-religion-tickets-58662226298

VCOG’s 2019 Open Government Conference (4/11/19)

Virginia Coalition for Open Government is hosting its 2019 Open Government Conference on April 11, 2019 from 10:00AM-4:00PM at Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication at Hampton University. The conference will include a variety of panels and speakers discussing issues such as access to police body-warn camera footage, secrecy and economic development, a General Assembly update, and much more. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/access-2019-vcogs-open-government-conference-registration-55981563363?ref=ebtn

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Legislative Recap (4/24/19)

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is hosting its “Legislative Recap” on April 24, 2019 from 2:00-3:30PM at the Muhlenberg Lutheran Church. This session is a time to hear from VICPP staff members about the key legislative victories, the strategy, controversies, and the complexity of Virginia politics. This is also at time for you to share your input and priorities for next year, as well as discover how you can get engaged in advocacy work. Register at https://virginiainterfaithcenter.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/event/register?id=57&reset=1

Pipeline to Prison Learning Tour (4/29/19-5/3/19)

Mennonite Central Committee will host a week-long learning tour from April 29th to May 3rd discussing the issues of mass incarceration and how people of color are disproportionately affected by this. The tour will include visits to prisons and agencies working with incarcerated people and returning citizens. It will begin in Akron and participants will travel to Philadelphia, Reading, Lancaster, and Harrisburg before returning back to Akron. Throughout this learning tour, participants will increase awareness of the pipeline to prison cycle and be equipped to break the cycle through spiritual renewal and life skills training. Register for this event by April 5th by contacting Curtis Book, Peace & Justice Coordinator for MCC East Coast, at 717-738-0885 or CurtisBook@nullmcc.org.