I wrote about the work that local nonprofit Advocates for Community Transformation is doing in West and South Dallas in the December 2016 issue of D Magazine. Simply put, ACT empowers inner-city residents to fight crime on their streets with the help of pro bono lawyers and other organizations. Dallas lawyer Reid Porter started the organization in 2009, and it has since expanded from West Dallas to South Dallas as well and grown immensely.
Last night, I attended ACT’s annual Generation Justice event, geared toward young professionals and aiming to get them involved in helping lower crime in these neighborhoods. It was held at The Empire Room in the Design District, where 350-plus people gathered to eat, drink, hear from Porter, and explore exhibits showing different aspects of ACT’s work. One of the exhibits had the December article posted front and center, which helped to show attendees how far the nonprofit has come since day one. My lawyer friend remarked that she couldn’t believe how many people showed up.
Continuing the conversation of justice, ACT is hosting a Generation Justice Happy Hour on June 29 at Trunk Club. Put it on your calendar.