Less Than Two Weeks to Progressive Prosecution Event – More Sponsors Announced, Do You Have Your Tickets?


On October 26, the Vanguard will host in its annual fundraiser four people at the forefront of the progressive prosecutor reform movement.  In 2017 Larry Krasner shocked the world by becoming District Attorney in Philadelphia. Since then progressive minded prosecutors have run from coast to coast, pushing with them a reform agenda that includes de-carceration, ending cash bail, true conviction review policies, ending the death penalty, and much more.

In 2018, Dean Johansson in Yolo County nearly defeated three-term incumbent Jeff Reisig. Noah Phillips (Sacramento) and Genevieve Jones-Wright (San Diego) pushed for progressive reform in their unsuccessful bids. In 2019, the movement has continued with Tiffany Caban very narrowly losing in Queens and Chesa Boudin battling in San Francisco.

Speakers include:

Jeffrey Deskovic – knows something about the consequences of corrupt prosecutions. At the age of 16, he was wrongly imprisoned and served 17 years for a rape and murder he did not commit, before DNA evidence exonerated him. He’s now taking his bar exam in New York, wanting to become a progressive prosecutor, and was instrumental in pushing for New York’s newly-approved Prosecutorial Misconduct Commission.

Satana Deberry – Durham, NC DA who is now holding office in the same seat held by disbarred former prosecutor Mike Nifong.

Genevieve Jones-Wright – a public defender in San Diego, ran in 2018.

Noah Phillips– former deputy DA in Sacramento, ran in 2018.

Lisa Rea – President and Founder of Restorative Justice International

Join us on October 26. Tickets are $50. Sponsorships range from $100 to $5000. Deadline to sponsor: August 31. Proceeds go to the Vanguard Court Watch operating in Yolo County, Sacramento County and San Francisco County – monitoring prosecutorial misconduct and over-prosecution in real time.

To add your name: http://progressive-prosecution.eventbrite.com

You can also send checks to: Davis Vanguard, PO Box 4715, Davis, CA 95617

Here is the list of paid sponsors to date:

Presenting Sponsor: Hughey Phillips, LLP

Larry Krasner Level Sponsor

National Lawyer’s Guild – Sacramento

Progressive Prosecutor Sponsor

Nora Oldwin
ACLU – Northern California
Alin Cintean, Attorney at Law
Patty Pursell
Lindsay Weston

Social Justice Champion Sponsor

Bob Poppenga, Davis School Board
Mark Reichel, Attorney at Law
Josephy Tully, Attorney At Law
Linda Deos, Attorney at Law
Bill Julian
Melinda Guzman, Attorney at Law
Harvey and Evelyn Greenwald
Jake and Ed Clemens

Progressive Ally Sponsor

Jim Provenza, Yolo County Supervisor
Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor
Oscar Villegas, Yolo County Supervisor
Brett Lee, Davis Mayor
Gloria Partida, Mayor Pro Tem
Lucas Frerichs, Davis CIty Council
Tom Adams, Davis School Board
Alan Fernandes, Davis School Board
Norma and Carlos Alcala, Washington School Board
Tracie Olson, Yolo County Public Defender
Ryan Davis, State Public Defender
Robb Davis, Former Davis Mayor
CAIR-Sacramento Valley
Lil Shop of Growers
Mary Alice Coleman, Attorney at Law
Art Pimentel
Davis Phoenix Coaltion
Andrew Kim
Lynne Jimenez
Yoshinori Himel
Kat Dean
Saatyaki Amin
Marinda Johnson
Elizabeth Lasensky
Francesca Wright
Alan Hirsch
Gail Scharber
Joaquin Galvan
Summar Harrah
The Good People Farms
Keith Staten, Law Offices


To add your name: http://progressive-prosecution.eventbrite.com

Tickets are on sale for $20 for students/ low income and $50 general admission


About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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