DJ Sims is an organizer, minister and activist. DJ was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up in such a racially divisive city had a large impact on the way Darrin saw social justice, even from a young age. He soon made the decision to attend Fisk university in Nashville, Tennessee where he double majored in Political Science and History. Upon graduation, DJ became a community teacher for Teach for America in Nashville and Saint Louis. It was during the Ferguson Uprising that DJ decided to focus on community organizing and abolition. Soon after, DJ enrolled at Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he received his Master of Divinity with a certificate in Black Church Studies along with concentrations in Race and Religion, Leadership in Church and Community and Criminal Justice Ministries. DJ also serves as an Odyssey Impact Fellow where he works to help churches having conversations around anti-recidivism and religion. DJ has devoted his work and research to social justice through a theological lens. His work and writing has been featured in Sojourners, The Center for the Study of Law and Religion, and Facing South. Most recently DJ works at Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penaltiy as Lead Organizer where he mobilizes statewide around anti death penalty education and policy. DJ continues to teach, preach and organize around faith-based approaches to reducing recidivism, voter suppression and anti death penalty movement building. In his spare time he enjoys trying new recipes with his wife Chauncey and playing tag with his littlies EJ and Zora.

GFADP is working to end capital punishment in Georgia and around the world. We are a strong, diverse, statewide, grassroots movement which:

      • Opposes individual executions;

      • Supports legislative initiatives aimed at reducing the application of the death penalty until it is ultimately abolished;

      • Protects the humanity of individuals on death row;

      • Educates our fellow Georgians about the death penalty;

      • Provides concrete action steps for individuals and groups.

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