Our incarceration policies and their implementation cut to the core of who we are as a society. They offer us a clear reflection of how we value people, our peers, our neighbors. Looking at any incarceration statistics in the United States or California and we see a clear example of a society that is still riddled with institutional racism and systemic oppression.
We believe in the worth and dignity of all — and that all should be equal under the law. And today we are falling far short of those aspirations.
The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry supports the passage of Proposition 47, a ballot initiative that will help turn the tide on our deficient incarceration system. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting involved!
Criminalization: Mass Incarceration, Deportation, and Surveillance Today
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific
The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the entire world - and who ends up detained has a lot more to do with race, sexual orientation and gender identity, mental illness, immigration status, and poverty than what they are detained for. We see criminalization in action when undocumented immigrants receive felony criminal convictions for re-entering the country after deportation, when police officers have quotas to meet for a number of arrests and fines and go into communities of color to meet those quotas, and when Muslims nationally live under enhanced surveillance in the name of "counter-terrorism."
• Jacinta Gonzalez, Field Director, Mijente (Phoenix, AZ)
• Fatema Ahmad, Deputy Director, Muslim Justice League (Boston, MA)
• Jamila Hammami, Executive Director, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (NYC, NY)
• Ruth Idakula, Co-Director of Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal / Dignity in Schools Coordinating Committee Member (New Orleans, LA)