Pause for the Cause: Public Social Justice Forum in L.A.

The care with which we choose our judges couldn’t be more glaringly apparent after the week we just endured…

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In 2015, jazz great Herbie Hancock performed alongside contemporary musicians at the end of Don Cheadle’s passion project “Miles Ahead,” a biographical snapshot of fellow jazz legend Miles Davis.

On Saturday (Sept. 29), Hancock’s kin, Los Angeles County Public Defender Holly Hancock, will appear alongside her peers at a public social justice forum – as she is currently a candidate for Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge (Seat 60).

Holly Hancock
Holly Hancock

Hancock has served as a public defender for more than 12 years in Los Angeles County working to defend the wrongly accused—most often juveniles and people of color—and is an outspoken proponent of prison realignment, bail reform and efforts to curb the school to prison pipeline.

“There’s a lot of change happening and I’m excited about it,” Hancock tells Ground Game LA. “Voter initiatives have brought a change in the sentences people can get,” which she added strengthens communities, unifies families and eases an over-burdened foster care system.

The forum, also featuring USC’s Dr. Sharoni Little (candidate, Compton Community College Board Trustee – District 5), Maryam Zar, J.D. (City Commissioner, Commission on the Status of Women) and additional panelists to be announced, will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Hot & Cool Café (4331 Degnan Blvd.) in LA’s Leimert Park district. Topics will include criminal and juvenile justice reform, police relations, homelessness, health care and other issues vital to the Southland’s minority and immigrant communities in the upcoming election on Nov. 6th.

In honor of her bloodline’s appearance in “Miles Ahead”…

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