Event Recap

April 28, 2015

Jazz trio Moon Hooch - known for causing spontaneous raves in New York City subway stations – kicked off the recent TEDxAtlanta conference with the musical equivalent of the event’s theme, “Bold Moves.” The raw, kinetic sounds of saxophones and drums electrified the room and set the energy at maximum volume.

As the presenters took the stage to deliver the “talk of their life,” a common thread wove throughout the fabric of the afternoon: the collective will of many who shift their thinking can change lives, change cities, even change the world. A bold move can be as subtle as meeting our most challenging issues with compassion.

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Jonathan Rapping

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Gideon’s Promise is inspiring a new generation of public defenders facing “the nation’s greatest civil rights issue today” – the tragic shortage of representation for those who can’t afford a lawyer.

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Jonathan Rapping is strengthening public defenders and transforming public defense across the nation. The 1963 Supreme Court ruling, Gideon V. Wainwright, mandated that poor people accused of crimes must be provided counsel if we are to live up to our nation's promise of equal justice. Today, however, our nation's jails and prisons are disproportionately populated with members of our most vulnerable communities due to structural, financial, and cultural challenges that have kept us from fulfilling this promise. Through Gideon’s Promise, Jon is building a new generation of public defenders to address these challenges and help shift the nation towards true equality in our justice system.
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