2015 National Gathering Speakers

The EAD 2015 National Gathering featured an array of speakers and preachers with a range of national and international experience discussing the theological, ethical, policy, and advocacy dimensions of issues related to mass incarceration and systems of exploitation.

Videos for all plenary session are now available. Click on the video link next to each event to go to the plenary page to view the video.

Friday, April 17

Opening Celebration Remarks and Speakers – Video (Sermon only)

Keynote Speaker
Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon
Pastor, Christ the King United Church of Christ,
Florissant, Mo.
Rev. Traci Blackmon

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Saturday, April 18

Saturday Morning Policy Plenary – Video

Dr. Iva Carruthers
General Secretary of the
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Rev. Dr. Bill Mefford
Associate General Secretary for Civil and Human Rights,
The United Methodist
Church General Board of Church & Society

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about these speakers.


Saturday Lunch Plenary: The Role of the Church in the “War on Drugs” – Video

Ethan Nadelmann
Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Ethan Nadelmann
Rev. Edwin C. Sanders II
Senior Servant, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
Nashville, Tenn.
Rev. Edwin Sanders
Jasmine Tyler
Senior Policy Analyst for Global Health and Drug Policy,
Open Society Policy Center
Douglas Walker, M.Div.
National Coordinator
for Criminal Justice Reform,
UMC General Board of Church and Society
Douglas Walker, M.Div.

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about these speakers.


Sunday, April 19

Sunday Interdenominational Worship – Video (Sermon only)

Bishop José García
Director of Church Relations, Bread for the World

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 Sunday Morning Plenary: Breaking the Chains: Systems of Global Exploitation – Video

Emira Woods
Global Client Principal for Social Impact Programs at ThoughtWorks
Father Shay Cullen
Founder, People’s Recovery Empowerment and Development
Assistance Foundation, Philippines
Joanne Blaney
Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fr. Valdir João Silveira
National Coordinator of the Prison Ministry
Pastoral of Brazil
Fr. Valdir Silveria
Raed Jarrar
Policy Impact Coordinator for
American Friends Service Committee, Washington, D.C.
David Schilling
Senior Program Director for Human Rights & Resources at
the Interfaith Center
on Corporate Responsibility

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about these speakers.


Sunday Evening Banquet – Video

Roy L. Austin, Jr., J.D.
White House Domestic Policy Council, Deputy Asst. to the President
for the Office of Urban Affairs
Roy Austin, Jr.

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