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Thu, Oct 17 2019

20th Anniversary- Freedom Now! Freedom Forever,

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Washington, District of Columbia, United States

  • About the event

    Can you believe that Advancement Project is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year? It's been two decades of incredible experiences, big wins, and even a few heartbreakers along the way. We're excited to reflect on where we've been, and to start planning for where we're going next.


    To celebrate this milestone, we’re putting on the racial justice event of the year together and you’re invited to join us! This is not just a gala, it’s part of a movement! Save the date for our 20th Anniversary Celebration – Freedom Now! Freedom Forever! - on October 17, 2019 at Dock 5 @ Union Market.
    Join Advancement Project National Office attorneys, organizers, grassroots partners and influencers in racial justice sports, culture, arts, and entertainment as we celebrate our 20th anniversary with great food, performances, and more. You do NOT want to miss this!


    We will lift up our history of audacious work, and celebrate the extraordinary work of our grassroots partners and allies that we stand beside. We’re thrilled to announce that we will give Just Democracy Awards to two of our grassroots partners at the event – V.O.T.E. (Voice of the Experienced) and Puente Arizona.

    Why should you sponsor?

    Approaching our 20th anniversary in 2019, Advancement Project has a long history of impact in communities of color across the United States. We partner with roughly 50 grassroots and peer organizations in 19 states. 

    For almost 20 years, we have fought barriers to the ballot to ensure that all have equal access to the democratic process. In 2000, we were co-counsel in a case brought in Florida in response to the number of issues faced at the polls, especially by voters of color. Our involvement led to the establishment of the first ever year round election administration program—our Voter Protection Program. Consequently, we recognized the need for the fundamental Right To Vote to be recognized through a constitutional amendment, statewide policies, and a prevailing narrative uplifting the importance and impact of civic engagement and equal participation in democracy.

    Advancement Project has pioneered work to end the school-to-prison pipeline.  Working in local communities, we have successfully changed the way school discipline is done: winning alternatives to suspensions, introducing implicit bias trainings, and reducing reliance upon police. To bring our efforts to scale, we have trained youth across the country on dismantling the pipeline, potentially impacting over 30 million students nationally. We have also been the only civil rights legal organization fighting school closures across the country.  All of this work has secured educational opportunities for youth who otherwise would be pushed out. 

    We look forward to partnering with you to continue this integral work.


    Carolyn Cowen Nissen

    I am the Senior Development Manager of Foundation Relations at Advancement Project. I am responsbile for our entire corporate and foundation portfolio, including grant writing, funder briefings, and sponsorships.

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  • 251-500 attendees expected


    50% Male Attendees


    50% Female Attendees

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