Launched in 2016, Education Anew Shifting Justice (EASJ) is a biennial convening that brings education justice and youth justice organizers & advocates together to dream, re-imagine, and strategize to make possible a world where young people can thrive.

Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

EASJ2020 was originally planned for an in-person gathering in Jackson, Mississippi and surrounding areas, to amplify the power and possibilities in a region that is sacred ground for the collective struggle for civil & human rights in this country. In the wake of COVID-19, Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) and Andrus Family Fund (AFF) postponed EASJ2020 with plans to reschedule the in-person convening to 2021. However, after much consideration for the health and safety of our beloved community and a desire to embrace radical adaptability in these uncertain times, CJSF and AFF will now plan to repurpose EASJ to a virtual convening series that will highlight originally planned themes (Mississippi-based organizing, abolition, arts & healing, culturally affirming & liberatory education, addressing racism and anti-blackness in education, gender justice, food apartheid) while also responding to the current COVID moment and beyond. 

Lessons from EASJ 2018

EASJ 2018 was an event rich with healing, collaborative learning and truth. Truth about the systemic racism that makes our schools unsafe for black and brown youth. Truth about the financial interests that weaken our public schools. Truth about Puerto Rico’s colonial status, and the inequalities that systems of oppression manifests. Through three days of plenaries, workshops, tours and experiences, we were able to unpack those truths and elevate the genius of those closest to the solutions.

Visit our blog for live coverage of Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018.

Lessons from EASJ 2016


The first Education Anew: Shifting Justice took place in 2016 in Memphis, TN—a city rich in civil rights history and tragedy. EASJ2016 was recognized as an innovative convening which gave organizations, leaders and youth from across sectors, a space to dream and strategize together about realizing their shared goal of eliminating injustice and ensuring a more equitable and inclusive future.

One of the things that I loved about the conference was the diverse group of people that attended the conference. I also felt that people of color were centric throughout the process. I hope this keeps building and becomes annual.

2016 Attendee