Mass Incarceration. The New Jim Crow. The War on Drugs. Thanks to Professor Michelle Alexander these phrases are now intimately linked in the minds of social justice advocates and faith leaders as we begin a critical struggle for fairness, justice and human rights in the criminal courts, police precincts and prisons of America. The Next Movement is convinced that America can do better, and that the majority of Americans would want us to do better, if they knew the truth. The truth about systemic incarceration, structural second class status, completely uneven law enforcement practices, oppressive and selectively enforced laws that is filling the prisons of America.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Occupy Wall Street, but De-Occupy Prisons

The "Occupy Wall Street" movement is a great example of a simple idea taking advantage of the angst and anger of regular folks, and translating that into a visible protest. In the editorial I've written for Urban Cusp (Click Here), I recognize the benefits of this effort to average Americans. Of course, if we never get this mass incarceration epidemic fixed, those benefits will not be for the average black, brown or poor American, so many of whom will be either incarcerated or formerly incarcerated.

Daryle Brown

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