To our partners, supporters, and friends,
We share a drive to make what seems impossible, real: to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity, so that all may thrive.
We have labored together during another remarkable year — despite an ongoing global pandemic that continues to disrupt our lives, and a fear that our country’s divisions will not be bridged.
Despite the uncertainty of these times, there is too much to do to stop dreaming:
As long as millions of people languish in federal prisons because of an unjust criminal legal system and face massive hurdles and few opportunities when they get a chance to go home…
As long as people in low-income, Black, Brown and rural neighborhoods lack good jobs, clean air, and water…
As long as Black and Brown people are left out of the multibillion-dollar tech and clean-energy industries due to lack of access and support…
As long as these things remain a reality, we must lead with love and build bridges. We must dream a new reality, and start living it. But it will not happen overnight.
The good news? Together at Dream Corps, we work toward that reimagined future every day:
Lead with love:
- We joined with more than 150 partners around the country to host the People’s Inauguration. This headline-making event reached 115 million people and featured more than 75 visionaries and activists including artists such as Kerry Washington, America Ferrera, and Marisa Tomei; thought leaders Baratunde Thurston and Van Jones; movement leaders Ai-Jen Poo and Sherrilyn Iffil, faith leaders Rev. William Barber III, Sister Simone Campbell, and many more.
- We hosted the inaugural Black Future Weekend in Atlanta, GA, convening thought leaders, influencers, and subject matter experts to spark conversations, create connections, and welcome home untapped technical genius.
- The Day of Empathy continued to be the largest national day of action for criminal justice reform, featuring 40 virtual events in 36 states organized by our directly impacted Empathy Network leaders and including unlikely allies, stakeholders, elected officials, and advocates.
Find common ground:
- We helped pass the EQUAL Act, a bill which would equalize the sentencing penalties for crack and powder cocaine, through the House of Representatives with a massive bipartisan majority, as thousands more people came home this year thanks to the ongoing success of the historic, bipartisan First Step Act.
- We released the Common Ground Platform in July, an action plan for reducing emissions and putting millions of Americans back to work with good-paying jobs while making our communities safer and more healthy. This was the direct result of five listening sessions we hosted with our partners in the Midwest and Southeast to learn about their policy priorities on clean transportation, clean energy, and natural solutions.
Make solutions happen:
- We helped provide 200 scholarships in 2021, representing a $300,000 investment in the education of future Black tech leaders. We provided mentorship, training, and paid tech roles through our national Job Training Cohort program.
- We also organized the #CommonGround Digital Week of Action to make our supporters more aware of the Common Ground Platform, giving them action steps and building grassroots mobilization around our Common Ground priorities. We also disseminated toolkits and issue briefs including Green Jobs for Justice-Involved People and Safe at Home in the Time of Covid.
Thank you so much for standing up for an America with true liberty and justice for all. Every contribution — from financial gifts to speaking out, joining events, or talking to your neighbors — helps us grow strong and dream bigger together.
Nisha Anand, CEO of Dream Corps