Justice Matters Campaign for Prosecutorial Accountability

WeROC began working in the summer of 2020 with our affiliated organization in the Metro area, MOSES, on an ongoing regional “prosecutorial accountability” campaign in Washtenaw County as well as in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties.  We’re calling it the “Justice Matters” campaign and are working together in real time in parallel with the massive racial justice activism nationally and in Michigan.

Following the investiture on January 2nd of Prosecuting Attorney Eli Savit and Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Victoria Burton-Harris, Washtenaw County has already seen some exciting policy changes, including:

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In the leadup to the 2020 Prosecuting Attorney elections, the “Justice Matters” campaign organized several significant events:

    • Facebook Live interviews with candidates for County Prosecutor/District Attorney ahead of the August Primary.
    • A joint virtual Townhall to get commitments from candidates. (Watch the video here.)
    • A Teach-In to expand the number of us who have a better sense of the role of prosecutor.
    • A virtual meeting with Prosecutor-elect Eli Savit to go deeper into how he plans to be a part of quickly implementing real, major changes toward racially just policing, prosecution, and judging as he takes office next year. (Watch the video here with passcode G#hcfMi5 .)

Check here for developments and opportunities in the timely and powerful grassroots campaign.

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Citizens for Racial Equity in Washtenaw (CREW) has documented shocking racial disparities in the Washtenaw County court system.

Read the CREW report.

Listen to a Stateside radio interview with CREW co-chair Alma Wheeler Smith and Washtenaw County Prosecutor-elect Eli Savit.