PHILADELPHIA – With a team of more than 100 volunteers, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania will highlight “smart justice” under the slogan “People. Not Prisons.” at the 2017 Budweiser Made In America Festival on September 2nd and 3rd in Philadelphia.
Concertgoers will have the opportunity to engage staff and volunteers from the ACLU of Pennsylvania about the organization’s Smart Justice Campaign, its multi-year effort in Pennsylvania and around the country to end mass incarceration and reduce the rampant racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in Made In America and to talk with people about the need to end mass incarceration,” said Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “Our criminal justice system is broken. Fixing it is a major priority of the ACLU.
“We thank JAY Z and everyone at Roc Nation for inviting us to be a part of this event.”
The two-day festival will be headlined by JAY Z, the festival’s founder and a leading voice in advocating for smart justice, J. Cole, and The Chain Smokers.
The ACLU of Pennsylvania is one of the beneficiary organizations of the festival, along with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Volunteers from the ACLU of Pennsylvania will greet attendees with fans that simply say, “Resist,” and will sell t shirts with the phrase, “People. Not Prisons.” The organization will also have a presence in the Cause Village, where people can learn more about civil liberties advocacy.
The ACLU has also reached an agreement with Lyft to allow riders to add a donation to the ACLU to their fare during the two days of the festival.
Budweiser Made In America Festival is expected to draw approximately 150,000 people over the course of the weekend.
“This is a unique opportunity for us to engage people about civil liberties,” Shuford said. “Musicians have a platform to be high-profile voices for justice in this country, and we look forward to encouraging their fans to speak up and be a part of activism for civil liberties.”