JFA Announces Board of Directors


For immediate Release:
Montpelier, Vermont November 2, 2016 – Justice For All announced the initial appointment of a Board of Directors. These Directors will provide the oversight and vision to lead the Vermont based, racial justice nonprofit organization into 2017 and beyond.
Members of the board include Joan Javier Duval, Minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier; Faisal Gill, Partner with Gill Investment Group and recent candidate for Vermont State Senate; Kevin (Coach Christie), an educator and coach in Vermont for over the last 40 years; Claudia Pringles, an attorney with a practice dedicated to special needs; Kesha Ram, former Vermont legislator and Lieutenant Governor candidate; Joseph Gainza, Founder of Vermont Action for Peace and lifelong peace and justice activist; David Scherr, a practicing attorney, member of the board of trustees for the Farm Wilderness Foundation and former candidate for state senate; Christine Longmore, Burlington Police Commissioner and Offender Workforce Development Program Manager, and Allyson Sironi, Co-founder of Justice For All. “I am excited to have such a powerhouse of passion, professionalism, vision and leadership” Mark Hughes, Co-founder of Justice For All commented.


About Justice For All
Justice for All is a Vermont-based, racial justice non-profit organization that identifies and dismantles institutionalized racism and facilitates healing and empowerment in Vermont communities. They ensure justice for all through community organizing, research, education, community policing, legislative reform and judicial monitoring. To this end they address systemic issues such as racially biased policing and racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Post Election Results Validate the Need for Justice For All’s Ongoing Work


Justice For All Continues Work!

Justice For All was founded two-and-a half years ago as we became angered and frustrated at the fact that black American (men) were being killed by law enforcement with seeming impunity.  Our vision began to grow as we discovered that the problem that we were seeing actually went far beyond law enforcement and indeed was pervasive throughout the entire criminal justice system.  Through our research, we then came to understand that because our nation was stolen in genocide and built on slavery, all of us have biases that inform our decisions.  As a result of this we have made progress in understanding the racial disparities that have been created in not only the criminal justice system but in areas of employment, housing, education, health services and the political process itself.  In light of the high bar that exists in our legal system to enable relief to be provided from this oppression we have relegated to discussions on implicit bias with hopes that some voluntary progress can be made on a path forward towards equality.

We address institutionalized racism from an implicit bias perspective, while seeking to cultivate relationships and working a systematic approach within institutions and educating and facilitating empowerment in communities. We see now more than ever, as a result of the racial referendum communicated by our national elections that this approach to the work of racial justice reform must be shared (and expanded upon) across our communities in Vermont and beyond.    It is our hope that as we work in collaboration with state and local officials, we create a model that we can hold up for other states to emulate in addressing the racial disparities created by institutionalized racism.

Now is the time become a supporter or member of Justice For All or offer your contributions to our continued work.  Here are some additional opportunities to support the ongoing work that Justice For All is doing.

  1. Here, you can support the #DecisionPoints campaign where we are working to determine innovative approaches to data collection to provide transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system.
  2. Here is an opportunity to sign our ongoing petition for civilian oversight of all law enforcement in the state of Vermont.
  3. And here is you chance to sign our existing petition and/or contribute to the associated fundraiser for our Racial Justice Reform and Vermont Constitutional Amendment campaign.

Come out and join us at an Action Meeting and learn how you can become involved in the many ongoing activities and offer your support in outreach, research and relationship management.  Help us drive the membership of this vitally important organically grown Vermont-based racial justice nonprofit.  Our resolve to do this work will not be shaken.  Current national issues only validate the importance of the work we do.  We need you now more than ever to join us in the proactive work that we are doing to advance the cause of racial justice in Vermont and beyond.


Mark Hughes, JFA Co-Founder

About Justice For All

Justice for All is a racial justice organization, which identifies and dismantles institutionalized racism while facilitating healing in our communities.  Our mission is to ensure justice for ALL through community organizing, research, education, community policing, legislative reform, and judicial monitoring. We address systemic issues such as racially biased policing and inequities in the criminal justice system.