The CFSY’s National Convening brings together directly impacted leaders, family members of those given extreme sentences as youth, survivors of violence, legislators, corporate partners, attorneys, and supporters from around the country to join together as one community. Even as our criminal legal system polarizes us and denies our shared humanity, our CFSY community continuously demonstrates the power of recognizing our innate value as human beings, expressing vulnerability, and uniting to fight injustice together.
So many people in our community have lived through egregious sentences, endured trauma, and overcome unfathomable challenges to be present with us and ready to challenge systems of oppression. Though we come from different life experiences, we all have the ability to act against injustice and work to end extreme sentencing of children in the United States.
Browse Photos from our 2019 Convening
Celebrating 10 Years
This past year, we gathered in Montgomery, AL to commemorate our 10th anniversary. Our programming throughout Convening focused on specific ways different stakeholder groups can further the movement.
Scott Budnick’s path to “Just Mercy”
Talladega Mayor Timothy Ragland
Catherine Jones on Challenges after Prison
Linda White Reflects on the Meaning of Redemption
Kempis Songster: Returning Community Members Pledge
Kempis Songster and Samantha Broun at the CFSY National Convening
Kempis Songster: The Power of Biographies
Abd’Allah Lateef on Freedom, Dignity, and Life after Life
Marshan Allen on the Fight to End JLWOP
Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed at the CFSY National Convening