What is the BCJ?
The Business Coalition for Justice is a 501(c)(3) (application pending) association of businesses working together to combat the structural causes of racial disparities in the U.S.
How did the BCJ Begin?
The BCJ arose out of a conversation between local business owners and police in Richmond, VA around issues of race and responsible policing. Seeing the potential of working collectively, a small group of businesses formed the BCJ to move from conversation to action.
What is the Mission of the BCJ?
The BCJ seeks to raise awareness within the business community of the root causes of racial disparities in the U.S., with an initial focus on the criminal justice system, and to mobilize the business community to take social and political action.
What Does the BCJ Do?
Responsible Policing Conversations – The BCJ brings together local police departments and local businesses to discuss issues of race in policing. These conversations are based on a mutual desire for safe communities and the elimination of racial disparities in arrests and the use of excessive force.
State-Level Lobbying – Through grassroots and direct lobbying, the BCJ seeks to influence lawmakers to reform the laws and policies that have led to the current state of mass incarceration in the U.S.
Richmond Community Bail Fund – The bail fund provides bail for qualified low income individuals charged with non-violent offenses. Working with the Public Defenders office to identify candidates, the bail fund seeks to keep low-income individuals out of jail while awaiting trial.
How Can I Join the BCJ?
Membership is voluntary and open to all businesses and business professionals. BCJ members are signatories to all BCJ petitions and letters by default, but may opt out by request. Members are asked to make an annual donation of at least $99 for a business and $49 per year for individuals.