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Media Advisory for: November 14-15, 2016

Contact: Lacy Crawford Jr, 252-292-6088, lacy@megaphonestrategies.com  

Nov 14-15: #cut50 Brings Families Seeking Clemency and National Leaders to DC for Two Days of Action Urging Pres. Obama to Grant More Clemencies

#cut50’s “Hope for the Holidays” Events Will Feature Van Jones, Eric Holder, Gov. Bob Ehrlich, Families Seeking Clemencies, and More

Washington-- On November 14-15, #cut50’s #ClemencyNOW campaign will host “Hope for the Holidays,” a series of events urging President Obama to grant an unprecedented number of clemencies before for the end of his administration.

The President’s clemency initiative was a promise he made to people in federal prison serving unjust and overly harsh sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. Despite a historic number of clemencies, thousands of eligible petitioners are still waiting for a decision.

This two day series of events will include a candlelight vigil in front of the White House, a delivery of Change.org petitions for clemency to the Department of Justice, and a series of short talks and panel discussions including a conversation with former Attorney General Eric Holder.

The events will bring a massive groundswell of support —from influencers, artists, reform advocates, formerly incarcerated people, clemency recipients, and others— to support the President as he continues to grant clemency in a momentous and encouraging manner.

Full schedule of events will be released soon.

Monday, November 14 -  6:00 - 7:30 P.M.

What: White HouseCandlelight Vigil

Who: Van Jones, Co-founder of #cut50, Brittany Byrd, #ClemencyNOW Campaign Director, Families with loved ones awaiting Clemency, Clemency recipients and other leaders

When: November 14th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500

Tuesday, November 15 - 11:00 A.M.

What: U.S. Department of Justice - Press Conference and Delivery of Change.org Clemency Petitions

Who:  Special Guests TBD,Van Jones,Brittany Byrd, #ClemencyNOW Campaign Director, Families with loved ones awaiting clemency and clemency recipients

When: November 15th, 11:00am

Where: Department of Justice at 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530

Tuesday, November 15 - 6:00 P.M.

What: Hope for the Holidays at Google

Who: Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Van Jones, Michael K Williams, clemency recipients, families seeking clemencies for loved ones, #ClemencyNOW Campaign Director Brittany Byrd, #cut50 National Director Jessica Jackson Sloan.

When: 6:00pm

Where: Google HQ in Washington, DC at 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900, Washington, DC 20001

To RSVP to any of the events, or for more details, please contact: Lacy@MegaphoneStrategies.com

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#cut50 recently launched the #ClemencyNOW Campaign calling on President Obama to accelerate his administration's review of thousands of pending clemency petitions from nonviolent drug offenders.

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