Smart Justice Vermont Launch & Celebration with Bill Cobb
Join Bill Cobb, national advocate for the rights of formerly incarcerated people, slam poets Muslim Girls Making Change, and the ACLU of Vermont to celebrate the launch of Smart Justice Vermont – a statewide campaign for criminal justice reform.
Vermont sends far too many people to prison at tremendous social and financial costs, and incarcerates Black men at a higher rate than any other state. Too often, people living with addiction and mental illness are imprisoned in lieu of treatment. Come learn more about these issues and how you can be involved in ending mass incarceration and fighting for solutions in our state.
About our speakers:
Bill Cobb, Deputy Director ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice
Bill has 16 years of advocacy experience and 7 years of experience in political organizing. Bill is a U.S. Air Force Veteran of Operation Desert Storm who served time in Pennsylvania State Prisons in the 90’s. Since being released from prison in 2000, Bill has been a community activist fighting for the rights of formerly incarcerated people. He founded an organization that fights systemic discrimination aimed against people living with arrests and convictions and led campaigns to register formerly incarcerated people to vote.
Muslim Girls Making Change
Muslim Girls Making Change (MGMC), a youth slam poetry group created Kiran Waqar, Hawa Adam, Lena Ginawi, and Balkisa Abdikadir, is dedicated to social justice through poetry. Tired of having their voices ignored by older generations, they turned to slam poetry to be heard and to make a change. Since forming, they have competed at international levels, won numerous awards, and help lead local and nation initiatives.