We are now entering our third week of our month long campaign, No Room for Racism. The response continues to be amazing. More groups and individuals are taking action to make their voice heard. If you haven’t signed up please click here to take action and make racial justice a priority during this election season.
Race, racism and racial justice aren’t being adequately covered during this election season. Join us! Take action for racial justice with this week’s toolkit focused on Injustice in the Criminal “Justice” System!
Disproportionate numbers of people of color and low income white people are snared in the net of the criminal “justice” system, as a result of:
According to the Sentencing Project:
Despite those sobering realities, neither the Republican nor the Democratic Parties have made justice in the criminal law system a part of their platform.
What can we do: Through our actions throughout this week, we can demonstrate our belief that the criminal law system is fundamental to creating a more just society.
We can speak out against racial profiling and mass incarceration, and share a vision of human rights for all, including incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.
Use social media to get the word out: Post this picture and make it your profile picture on Facebook.
Use our one click tweet or copy and paste one of these statements to show that you stand for justice in the criminal “justice” system:
If you are a person of faith or conscience, sign the National Religious Campaign to End Torture statement (http://bit.ly/Vi6TY8) to end solitary confinement.
Take a protest picture and post it on the Showing Up for Racial Justice website and Facebook page. Think of a message that challenges racial injustice in the criminal law system, and write it down on a big piece of paper or a poster board. Have a friend take a picture and send it in to join the growing number of people speaking out for racial justice during this election season. Here are some sample messages:
Take a few minutes to watch the video at the below link and share it with your friends and family. Find out how the people in your community are challenging discriminatory policing practices and get involved.
Write a letter to the editor to your local newspaper. Letters to the editor can be great ways to get your voice out there. So pick a point to make about racial injustice in the criminal law system and put it on paper. Send it in to your local newspaper and post it on the SURJ website and Facebook page.
Here are some tips for writing letters: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/wp-content/uploads/SURJ-LTE-Writing-Toolkit1.pdf
And here are some talking points and statistics to use and jumping off points:
Invite some friends over to have a discussion over tea/coffee/wine/beer about race in the criminal “justice” system.
Take a minute to read the following document together:
It is a vision of racial justice created by the Pelican Bay Prisoner representatives, many of whom represented the 2011 hunger strike. They are also known as “The Pelican Bay Human Rights Movement.”
Have a discussion about what this means to you a white person doing racial justice organizing. What does it mean to you and your friends to see this kind of peaceful protest by prisoners who are supposed to be, according to the California Department of Corrections, some of ”the worst of the worst?”
Make a plan with your friends to get involved in an ongoing way. Become a “Pen Pal” with an incarcerated person. Find out how your community is responding to inhumane conditions that prisoners are enduring.
Phone: Jlove: 917-753-0186