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Community Conversation: When There is No Justice
Too many survivors across the United States carry the enormous emotional burden of not knowing who or why because their shooting is unsolved. Thousands of survivors never have their day in court or see accountability for themselves, their families or in their community. For survivors of unsolved gun homicides, the pain of having a loved one taken by gun violence is compounded by not having answers or seeing justice served.

Solving gun homicides and assaults is essential to addressing the gun violence crisis in America, as it increases trust in law enforcement, breaks cycles of violence in communities, and helps address trauma and promote healing among survivors.

This panel will feature a discussion between survivors and criminal justice experts about what they’re doing and have done to keep pushing forward for justice.

*Can’t join us live? Register now, and we’ll send you an email with a link to view the recording after the event.

Feb 6, 2023 06:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Keenon James
Senior Director @Everytown Survivor Network
Keenon James is the Senior Director of the Everytown Survivor Network; a nationwide community of gun violence survivors advocating for safer neighborhoods, victims' rights, sensible gun laws, and gun violence prevention solutions. His passion and commitment to affecting the lives of those impacted by violent crime is personal. In July 1993 Mr. James’ brother, Sean, was killed in an act of gun violence. A national leader in criminal justice and policing reform, Mr. James was on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, San Francisco, and Saint Anthony, Minnesota, following high profile police shooting incidents. He has worked to pass criminal justice reform, victims' rights, and public safety legislation in a dozen states. He continues to work on police reform, victims' rights, and improving public safety as a member of the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Police Accountability Board.
Wilford 'Wil' Pinkney Jr.
Director, Office of Violence Prevention @City of St. Louis
Wilford Pinkney Jr. has worked in the criminal justice sector promoting safety, education, policy development and training for 28+ years. He served for 20 years as a member of the New York City Police Department and is founder and CEO of Puissance Management & Consulting LLC, which helps organizations create successful strategies and plans. He was the Chairperson of the School of Criminal Justice at Monroe College where he taught public policy. Prior to joining the administration, Pinkney was a FUSE Executive Fellow leading a cross sector group of stakeholders in the development of a comprehensive pretrial reform plan in the City of St. Louis.
Clemmie Greenlee
Founder and Chief Executive Officer @Nashville Peacemakers
Clemmie Greenlee founder and chief executive officer of Nashville Peacemakers, is a tireless advocate for non-violence and giving a voice to the voiceless. She was raised in an environment where poverty and violence were commonplace, and personally suffered the horrors of human sex trafficking that resulted in years of drug addiction, homelessness, prostitution and frequent incarceration. Since being rescued from the streets by the Magdalene House of Nashville, she has been tirelessly “paying it forward”—with a long list of accomplishments that include helping to establish Eden House in New Orleans (working to end sex trafficking), preventing dozens of gang retaliatory shootings, and supporting the basic needs of the homeless, the imprisoned and those disadvantaged by birth and geography. She founded Nashville Peacemakers after losing her only son Rodriguez in a gang-related shooting.
Alicia Schemel
Senior Survivor Fellow @Everytown Survivor Network
Alicia Schemel is an Everytown Senior Survivor Fellow from Chicago, IL. Alicia’s dad, Captain Donald Schemel, was shot and killed while on his way to pick her up from her job on Aug 14, 1999. He was waiting for a train to cross the tracks when someone parked behind him, got out of their car and shot him. The murder is still unsolved. Alicia is the Co-Legislative Lead for the State of IL.
Diana Garlington
Founder @Safer Communities for Justice
Diana Garlington is the founder of Safer Communities for Justice based in Providence, RI. She is the Author of “She wasn’t the one”. A Community Activist , Speaker, and Certified Life Coach. Named the 2019 Survivor Fellow for Moms Demand Action, now serving as the R.I. Survivor Membership Lead. Honored as the 2016 Hometown Hero, awarded the 2018 Nonviolence Institute Community Impact Award. She is the Founder of The Esscence T. Christal Female Youth Empowerment Program, Safer Communities For Justice, and Lock Arms For Peace, as well as graduate and class valedictorian for the Parent Leadership Training Institute. She served on the Juvenile Hearing Board, current board secretary for the RI Coalition For Gun Violence, and serves on the board of One Gun Gone.