Jay Z’s social justice organization ready for coalition this summer

The social justice arm of legendary rapper Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation, is convening a coalition of social justice leaders from diverse backgrounds for a summit to be held this summer ahead of the 2022 midterm elections in the states. -United.

Team Roc has assembled the group called The United Justice Coalition. Team Roc carries the label’s philanthropic mission. The coalition is set to meet in New York on July 23 to raise awareness about racial justice and political issues affecting people of color in America, ABC The news.

Dania Diaz, who is Roc Nation’s general manager of philanthropy, told ABC News that the group hopes the summit will enact political action around the midpoints.

Says Diaz, “This is an opportunity for people to really learn about the issues that affect their communities – the issues that will inevitably come up in the midterm elections – and hopefully that will spur action.” , Diaz said, “at the very least, to get more people connected to what’s happening locally in their communities, but also, you know, to get them to register to vote, first and foremost. And to recognize that there are networks of people and organizations they can turn to for support and greater resources.

The summit would feature celebrities, activists, scholars and family members of those who have lost their lives to gun violence. Issues such as criminal justice reform, mental well-being and political engagement will be addressed.

Big names attached to the program include radio host Charlamagne Tha God, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, Dream Corps. founder Van Jones, Until Freedom co-founder Tamika Mallory and professor and author Michael Eric Dyson.

Diaz added, “If you think about it from a lyrical perspective and just from a cultural perspective, the voices that drive hip hop, the music, the lyrics and the experiences that are brought to the table are in a lot of a social and racial justice lens,” she said. “And so I think when we talk about hip hop, as a vehicle for moving culture, it’s also a vehicle for address social justice and systemic issues.”

The summit is one of many initiatives Roc Nation has worked with for social justice, including partnering with the NFL to help with reform.

Additionally, in 2021, Team Roc filed a lawsuit in Wyandotte County, Kansas, District Court against the Kansas City Police Department, accusing them of covering up police misconduct.

In 2020, Team Roc financially supported a federal lawsuit against the Mississippi prison system on behalf of 152 inmates, which accused Parchman Prison of “barbaric” behavior regarding the treatment of its inmates.

As a result of this investigation, the Justice Department concluded that “there are reasonable grounds to believe” that conditions and practices at the Mississippi State Penitentiary violated the Constitution.

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Aubrey L. Morgan