Black Mayors Partner with Bipartisan Justice Center

Published on October 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) announced that it is partnering with the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center and other organizations to host a forum on criminal justice at Benedict College in Columbia, SC that will run October 25-27, 2019.


The Second Step Presidential Justice Forum will convene African American elected officials, thought leaders, police officers, and 2020 presidential candidates to discuss Conservative and Democratic post-First Step Act proposals for advancing criminal justice policies that protect public safety and extend opportunities to prosperity for people the system touches. President Trump will provide a keynote address on Friday.

Confirmed Democratic presidential candidates include Vice President Biden; Senators Warren, Harris, Booker and Klobuchar, and Sanders; Reps. Gabbard and Delaney; Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and Secretary Julian Castro. 

“AAMA and The 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center understand the impact criminal justice reform has on families and the economic vitality of our communities. We are excited for a candid conversation that will advance the people we serve and voices we represent,” said Mayor Hardie Davis of Augusta, GA and AAMA President.

The Forum is co-hosted by Mayor Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC), AAMA, National Black Police Association, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). The Forum will conclude with a straw poll vote on the candidate with the best criminal justice reform plan.

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