Rescheduled: Youth Justice & Opportunities Act Campaign Kickoff
The Campaign Kickoff has been rescheduled to May 21st!
The Youth Justice & Opportunities Act aims to protect young people from harsh prison sentences and the life-long barriers to employment, education, and stable housing created by a criminal conviction.
Join us 11AM-4PM on May 21st at Lincoln Terrace Basketball Courts (1100 E New York Ave - Brooklyn, NY 11212) for a rally, basketball games, and open mic performances in celebration of the Youth Justice & Opportunities Act Campaign Kickoff!
Learn more about the Youth Justice & Opportunities Act here.
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