On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, numerous prison reform advocates from around the State of Virginia will convene in Richmond for the 2019 Virginia Day of Empathy. This day in conjunction with other states around the country is reserved for recognizing those who have been overly or wrongfully incarcerated. Family members who have lost loved ones to violent crime, formerly incarcerated people, and children of incarcerated parents will join to humanize and empathize with those who are impacted. We hope to shed light on the importance of supporting rehabilitation and treatment for addiction rather than incarceration.
8:30am - 10:00am: Breakfast at The Carol Adams Foundation Resource Center 2600 Idlewood Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23220 (Legislators, Community Leaders and Guests)
11:00am 12:00pm: Rally at Bell Tower on Capitol Square (Open to the Public)
11:00am to 11:40am: Press Conference at 101 N 9th Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
2:00pm to 5:00pm: Lunch and Conversation with Community Leaders at 626 E. Broad Street Suite 100 Richmond, Virginia 23219 (Invited stakeholders)
Speakers: Officer Carol Adams (The Carol Adams Foundation), Quniana Futrell (International Speaker, Published Author and Philanthropist) Lisa De Laurencio, Michele Hairston, Greg Hopkins, Sonya Staples and Dr. Wes Bellamy (Charlottesville City Council)
Participating Legislators: Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy Del. Patrick Hope, Author of HB1642 Sen. Dave Marsden, Author of SB 1085 Sen. Jennifer McClellan
Participating Organizations: Arm & Arm, Virginia ACLU, Virginia NAACP, Interfaith Action for Human Rights, Divine 9 Orgs in Virginia