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Growing Up Locked Down: A 3 Day Juvenile Justice Gathering (Day 3)

Growing Up Locked Down: A 3 Day Juvenile Justice Gathering (Day 3)

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
General Public 

Growing Up Locked Down (GULD) is a 3-Day multi-media, multi-cultural, solutions-based Juvenile Justice Conference presented by The Gathering for Justice and Justice League NYC, in conjunction with The New School for Drama.

8:30–9:30 a.m.
Power Breakfast: (Social Justice Hub, 63 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor)

9:30–11:30 a.m.
Morning Plenary
Invocation & Keynote Address: Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary.

Panel Discussion: A Radical Shift in the 21st Century
Moderator: Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Correctional Assoc. of NY
Panelists include:
- Harry Belafonte, Artist & Activist
- Gladys Carrion, Commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
- Glenn E. Martin, Founder & Chief Risk Taker, JustLeadership USA
- Carmen Perez, Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice
- Cornel West
Special Guest Performance by Impact Repertory Theatre

2:00–3:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary:
Panel Discussion: Justice League Report Back
Moderator: Tynesha McHarris, Director of Community Leadership, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Panelists include: Justice League NYC

3:45–5:00 p.m.
Young Theater Workshop Performance
Welcome by Pippin Parker, Director, The New School for Drama

8:00-11:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion & Concert
Panel Topic: The Artist Platform to Advance Juvenile Justice Reform
Moderator: Michael Skolnik, President, Global Grind
Panelists include:
- Gina Belafonte, Co-Director,, Producer, Sing Your Song
- Immortal Technique, Hip Hop Artist, Educator
- Jasiri X, Hip Hop Artist, Founder, One Hood
- Mysonne, Hip Hop Artist

Performances by:
John Forté, Immortal Technique, Jasiri X, Quadir Lateef, Marv Won, Mysonne, Gina Rene, and Tish.

The Conference will also include youth-led programming, nonviolence trainings, a theater program in collaboration with The New School for Drama and Naked Angels theater company, and a live art event with noted conscious muralists Beats, Rhymes and Relief.

The goal of GULD will be to end the conference with the establishment of  two ‘solutions reports’ – one prepared based on community discussions, the other developed based on GULD’s content – which will be delivered to the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations soon after GULD ends. Justice League will then take the Conference and those solutions to a new city each year.

Please the full conference schedule and ticket information, visit the Gathering for Justice website at

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