Stop Mass Incarceration Network - Defense Committee - General Meeting
NYC Next Defense Committee Meeting: Monday July 16, 2012, 7pm... Join us!
Riverside Church, 120th & Claremont, Room MLK240
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a project of the Alliance for Global Justice. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is building a movement to stop the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality; and the racially biased policies and practices of the police, the courts and the U.S. legal system; and to support the rights of prisoners and the formerly incarcerated. We call on all to join us.
Our View and Understanding
At this time, 2.4 million people are locked up in prisons across the US — that’s more than any other country in the world! Most of those incarcerated are Black or Latino. One in every eight Black men in his twenties is in prison or jail on any given day. These numbers should shock the conscience of the nation. But too many do not question racially targeted mass incarceration because the authorities justify it as effective in stopping crime. This is simply not true; black people are incarcerated at many times the rate of white people despite similar rates for committing offenses.
This racially targeted mass incarceration results from whole generations of inner city youth being criminalized; of poor communities being saddled with substandard schools that fail to educate our youth; and from the disappearance of employment opportunities in inner cities and rural areas. Those in prison are often subjected to conditions that amount to torture — substandard diets, segregated and brutalized on the whim of prison guards, often confined to cells 24‐7 and denied human contact for weeks at a time. These conditions are so horrible that thousands of prisoners in California recently went on hunger strike, putting their lives on the line to assert their humanity and demand decent treatment. On top of all this, after people serve their sentences, our society stamps them with a badge of dishonor and shame, discriminating against them when they seek employment, denying them access to public housing and government loans and even the right to vote!
THIS IS UNJUST AND INTOLERABLE, AND IT MUST BE STOPPED!
Mass incarceration is a system of social control targeting especially Black and Latino youth that has been aptly called "the New Jim Crow." Many different forces are doing important things to expose the injustice of mass incarceration. But an important ingredient has been missing from this mix. It took dramatic mass resistance to rivet the attention of society on the old Jim Crow—racial segregation and the lynch mob terror that enforced it. And it will take the same kind of determined mass resistance to stop the New Jim Crow!
We don’t have to accept this as the way things have to be. All this is the result of conscious policies put in place by those at the very top of this society. We can and must rip aside the cloak of "post‐racial America" and reveal the ugly reality that lies beneath.
STOP “STOP AND FRISK!”
THE WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON THE PEOPLE!
END INHUMANE TREATMENT IN PRISONS!
END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE FORMERLY INCARCERATED!
STOP MASS INCARCERATION—WE’RE BETTER THAN THAT!
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. Tax-deductible contributions accepted online or checks made payable to the "Alliance for Global Justice," with "Stop Mass Incarceration Network" in the memo line may be sent to: Stop Mass Incarceration Network c/o P.O. Box 941, Knickerbocker Station, New York City, NY 10002-0900
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