The Gathering for Justice is a far-left criminal justice advocacy group that was created in 2005 by radical activist, singer, and actor Harry Belafonte. Its focuses on the development of left-of-center activists through organizing courses, and it seeks to end juvenile incarceration. While the group itself doesn’t engage in direct activism, its “Gatherings,” or the community groups that it trains or funds, carry out its reformative goals.
Gathering for Justice was the fiscal sponsor of the 2017 Women’s March and shares at least two leaders with the Women’s March organization: Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez. It is the parent organization of Justice League NYC and Justice League CA, both of which include collaborators like controversial Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, activist actor Jussie Smollett, and extremist Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.  It is also the fiscal sponsor of former NFL quarterback and anti-police activist Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Campaign.  The overwhelming majority of the Gathering’s activism work, aside from its sponsorships, is done for and through the Justice League NYC.
Harry Belafonte, an entertainer and longtime far-left activist started the Gathering for Justice, amid controversy over the case of Jaisha Scott. Scott, an elementary school-age African-American girl, was handcuffed in front of her class by police officers for disruptive behavior, which sparked a lawsuit against the City of St. Petersburg and her school district.  After the incident, Belafonte used his extensive network of activist connections to begin the first “Gatherings.” 
In August 2005, at one of the group’s initial gatherings, Belafonte met Carmen Perez . At the time, Perez was a community organizer for Barrios Unidos, a nonprofit that works with former inmates and at-risk populations to avoid prison recidivism.  She joined Gathering for Justice’s executive committee soon after as a youth representative, and later, in 2008, she became its primary national organizer. In 2010, the group appointed her executive director.
In addition to furthering the development of the Gathering’s training programs, under her leadership, it founded the Justice League NYC and the Justice League CA.  Gathering for Justice also obtained its independent nonprofit status in 2013; previously, it was supported by other organizations through fiscal sponsorships.
The Gathering’s trainings are based around the occasional conference, which usually take place in New York City. These periodic sessions are held under the banner of “Justice University”; the group held one in June, 2018. 
Aside from Justice University, Gathering for Justice holds training conferences to train volunteers to marshal for demonstrations or to provide experienced activists for the activities of their Gatherings, particularly Justice League NYC.
Fiscal Sponsorships and Major Campaigns
Gathering executive director Carmen Perez and Justice League NYC leaders Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour all hold board positions with the Women’s March. Together, they make up 3/4ths of the 2019 board’s leadership.  Harry Belafonte also held an honorary board seat during 2017.
Together with several partner organizations, the Gathering runs the Women’s March EMPOWER initiative, a program that is targeted specifically at young people. One part focuses on creating high school and collegiate liberal activism chapters, while the other works on increasing youth voter turnout through a host of policy-based, organizational partnerships. These groups include Planned Parenthood, Rock the Vote, and the Brady Campaign, all of which are left-of-center organizations. 
Gathering for Justice also played a significant role in the Women’s March organization’s finances. According to the Women’s March 2017 annual report, as quoted by The Daily Beast: “’The majority of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington was paid for by [its] fiscal sponsor, The Gathering for Justice.”  Women’s March, Inc. spun off as its own independent nonprofit in 2018.
Know Your Rights
Gathering for Justice is also the fiscal sponsor for Colin Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights Camp,” described by center-left The FADER magazine as “Black Panthers-Inspired.”  According to a September 2017 press release, Carmen Perez acts a personal advisor to Kaepernick and as a trainer with the camp. 
Know Your Rights Camp hosts conferences in cities across the country, aimed at instructing African-American youth population on how to interact with the police. In its “Resources” section, Know Your Rights Camp publishes pieces that are highly critical of conservatism and the Trump administration. One article, “After Trump,” accused President Trump of knowingly wielding an “instrument of white nationalism” through his immigration policy. 
March 2 Justice
Outside of its fiscal sponsorships, the Gathering’s most prominent campaign was its 2015 “March 2 Justice,” which was led by subsidiary organization Justice League NYC. On April 13, 2015, organizers Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour left Staten Island, New York, and marched for 9 days, arriving in Washington, D.C. on April 21st. They delivered the “Justice Package,” a series of legislative proposals that sought to end racial profiling and the provision of “military-grade” equipment to law enforcement, as well as reducing juvenile incarceration. 
Eric Garner Protests
Following the December 2014 death of Eric Garner, Gathering for Justice organized several protests against the New York Police Department through Justice League NYC. This culminated in the presentation of ten “Demands,” which called for the firing of the involved officer and several political and policing reforms. These included making “the use of lethal force [by police] illegal” and “an immediate end to NYPD’s ‘broken window’ policing.” As of 2019, New York City had conceded to three of the demands: meeting with Justice League NYC, the passage of New York’s “Right to Know” Act, and the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle use of force policing cases. 
Support of Extremist Figures
Gathering for Justice founder Harry Belafonte was and remains an outspoken opponent of U.S. foreign policy. He was an avid supporter of the late Fidel Castro’s communist regime in Cuba and organized an activist trip to Venezuela to meet and praise Venezuelan socialist dictator Hugo Chavez. 
Belafonte was also a noted critic of President George W. Bush’s administration. Most notably, he faced significant pushback over his comments comparing Secretary of State Colin Powell to the “slaves that lived in the house,” insinuating that he and other African Americans in the administration were “sell-outs.”  He received similar condemnation when he equated the President Bush with Osama Bin Laden, and the Department of Homeland Security with Nazi Germany’s Gestapo. 
Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory have both expressed admiration for Assata Shakur (also known as Joanne Chesimard), a Black Liberation Army terrorist and fugitive from justice convicted for the murder of a New Jersey State trooper currently believed to reside in Communist Cuba. 
Carmen Perez praised Sekou Odinga, a Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member convicted for the attempted killing of six New York police officers. 
Association with Louis Farrakhan
Much of Gathering for Justice and Justice League NYC’s leadership has come out in vocal support of radical extremist and anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
According to New York Times commentator Bari Weiss, Carmen Perez “posted a photo in which she holds hands with Mr. Farrakhan, writing, ‘There are many times when I sit with elders or inspirational individuals where I think, ‘I just wish I could package this and share this moment with others.’ She’s also promoted video of Mr. Farrakhan ‘dropping knowledge’ and another in which he says he is ‘speaking truth to power.’”
Weiss noted that Tamika Mallory “posted a photo with her arm around Mr. Farrakhan, the 84-year-old Nation of Islam leader notorious for his anti-Semitic comments, on Twitter and Instagram. ‘Thank God this man is still alive and doing well,’ she wrote. It is one of several videos and photos and quotes that Ms. Mallory has posted of Mr. Farrakhan.” 
Tamika Mallory has made other anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements. In 2018, she was heavily criticized by Jewish groups and removed from her keynote speaker position for an Australian social services conference for calling the foundation of Israel a “human rights crime.” Mallory also accused the left-of-center Anti-Defamation League of “constantly attacking black and brown people,” and took a picture of herself with Farrakhan following a speech in which Farrakhan had said that “powerful Jews are my enemy” and that he had “pulled the cover off the eyes of the satanic Jew.” 
Linda Sarsour, in addition to maintaining close ties with Farrakhan and speaking at a 2015 rally of his, has made several controversial anti-Israel statements. In 2012, Sarsour tweeted “nothing is creepier than Zionism” and suggested that support for the state of Israel is racist. 
Although both Mallory and Sarsour apologized prior to the 2019 Women’s March, they only did so after they were pressed to resign by an original founder of the Women’s March, Teresa Shook.  “Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez of Women’s March, Inc. have steered the Movement away from its true course,” Shook said. 
Prior to Shook’s comments, the two had refused repeated calls to apologize, and Gathering for Justice director of operations Julianne Hoffenberg wrote an op-ed accusing Shook of “smear[ing] women of color and eras[ing] the decades of leadership that each of them can stand upon.” 
Tax filings by Gathering for Justice are from 2016 and show a total revenue of $167,021 and total expenses of $445,493. Most of its expenses were spent on salaries, representing a near $200,000 increase from 2015. 
These numbers aren’t indicative of the Gathering’s current financial state, however. Seeing as how it is the primary fiscal sponsor behind the Women’s March, it is likely that its revenues have massively increased since 2016. For example, in 2017, it received $825,789.92 from a “The Breakfast Club” radio show fundraiser drive alone, featuring prominent donors like Eminem, P Diddy, and Kevin Hart. 
Carmen Perez has been the executive director of Gathering for Justice since 2010.
Julianne Hoffenberg works as Gathering director of operations. Prior to joining in 2015, she worked as a theater producer for far-left advocacy productions. 
The rest of the Gathering’s staff was added in 2018: Jasmine Dellafosse, a senior regional organizer for California; Luis Hernandez, the youth leadership and engagement coordinator; and Kristine Arroyo, a NYC regional organizer.  A number of these additions appear to have strengthened the Justice League CA.
Gathering for Justice has a three-person Board of Directors: Michael Skolnik, the co-founder of The Soze Agency, a firm that develops campaigns for progressive organizations like Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, and Emily’s List; Ebro Darden, radio host and the global editorial head for hip hop and R&B for Apple Music; and Alida Garcia, vice president of advocacy for FWD.us, a center-left lobbying group. 
Gathering for Justice also has an advisory board, which is made up of: Daniel Alejandrez, the founder of Barrios Unidos; Harry Belafonte, Gathering for Justice’s founder; Marvin Bing, the Co-Founder of Justice League NYC; Mike de la Rocha, founder of Revolve Impact, a “social impact” consulting firm; and Bart Lubow, a senior consultant with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a center-left grantmaking organization.