Category: MASS INCARCERATION

Black Lives Matter Movement and Opportunities Deprived Go Hand In Hand

Fred McKissack Jr.

March 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

Originally published on Equal Voice.  What does it say about the value of Black lives when too many of those lives are in crumbling schools, drinking poisoned water, finding themselves chronically unemployed, or wasting away in prison? The Black Lives Matter movement may have been born out of police shootings, but what happened on the […]

Formerly Incarcerated Leaders React to the Introduction of Ban the Box Legislation

Olivia Chow

September 10, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones welcomed today’s introduction of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2015 by Sens. Cory Booker and Ron Johnson, and Reps. Elijah Cummings and Darrell Issa as a sign of actual intent to solve the issue of employment discrimination for more than 70 million people with […]

“Ban the Box,” Say Those In It: People Who Survive Prison Fight for Fair-Chance Hiring

Angela Zhao

July 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

Millions of Americans who have been imprisoned will survive one box only to be confined by another, smaller yet even more damaging one. On July 14th, the President spoke at the NAACP Convention about criminal justice reform, and not only did he want to reduce the number of people in these prison boxes, but he […]

“That box was the bane of my existence”

Mark Ortiz

July 28, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Photo to the left: Dorsey Nunn is executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and founder of All of Us or None, which advocates for prison reform and the rights of formerly incarcerated people. Source: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. On Thursday, advocates will rally in front of the White House and the […]

Three-Strikes and You’re In: The Unconstitutionality of the Three-Strikes Law

Angela Zhao

July 13, 2015 at 2:20 pm

The Supreme Court has been cranking out hit after hit of rulings that show signs of our progress as a nation that views Americans as human beings: as ones who get sick, through upholding part of the Affordable Care Act, and as ones who love who they love, through legalizing same-sex marriage. However, the Three-Strikes […]

Slavery by Any Other Name

Gabe Gonzalez

April 9, 2015 at 1:35 pm

When attempting to make structural change in America it is always important to begin by understanding the structures in question, how they got that way, and only then advocating solutions. To begin any other way is to court disaster, making bad systems worse, or replacing one injustice with another. Take the issue of mass incarceration. […]

Meet Jorge Antonio Renaud, the newest CCC organizer to end mass incarceration

Guest Blogger

March 23, 2015 at 10:17 am

Holà. My name is Jorge Antonio Renaud, and I am the newest member of the team dedicated to amplifying the voices and possibilities of men and women caged in American prisons. I lived in those cages for 27 years and am in thrall to the state of Texas until 2052. I used to believe that […]

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Guest Blogger

January 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

Earlier this week leaders in the movement to end mass incarceration gathered in Atlanta to share lessons learned and organize. Partners from across the country were graciously hosted by the city of Atlanta. Community leader and Atlanta resident, Marilynn Winn, welcomed us with this personal testimony. These were her remarks. “Welcome to the ATL and […]

Ban the Box

Tamika Middleton

October 23, 2014 at 10:14 am

This post was originally published on Creative Loafing Atlanta. Asking former prisons about past conviction history on job applications is a barrier to re-entry Every week, men and women who have served time in prison and paid their debt to society apply for jobs. Many of them, regardless of the need for their skills, are […]

Things we should freak out over instead of Ebola

Olivia Chow

October 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Dear everybody — Please stop freaking out about Ebola. I’m not making light of illness, I’m just trying to bring some sanity back to what the real threats in our country truly are. Here are the facts on Ebola. And here is a chart to show your likelihood of catching the virus. You probably don’t […]

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