Exploring how the Justice System Affects Communities of Color
Posted on July 23, 2011 by Becca Guerra, Criminal Justice Program Specialist
For 102 years, the NAACP has engaged on work in the Criminal Justice field. In 2009 – its centennial year – the Association created the Criminal Justice department to tackle national criminal justice issues while providing resources, support, and guidance for our units and activists in the field. We continues this work today as advocates against a nation of incarceration, where we represent 5% of the world’s population and an astounding 25% of its prisoners.
On Monday, July 25, the NAACP Criminal Justice Department will highlight some key components of our work in a workshop entitled Impact: Understanding the Collateral Consequences of the Criminal Justice System on Communities of Color. We’ll discuss law enforcement accountability, the war on drugs/mass incarceration, overspending on incarceration, crime prevention and immigration, among other things. We’ll also discuss some of the work we’ve done to date – from Troy Davis and the Scott Sisters, to our Misplaced Priorities campaign and advocacy against mass incarceration – as well as our plans for the next year and beyond.
Speakers for this session include: Kim McGill (Youth Justice Coalition), Constance L. Rice (Advancement Project), Neill Franklin (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), Susan Burton (A New Way of Life), and Pablo Alvarado (Director National Day Laborer Organizing Network).
This is an opportunity for activists, members, and Criminal Justice Chairs to learn more about our programmatic priorities and our next issues for the upcoming year. We’ll also provide materials and resources for fellow advocates to take a stand in their communities.
Monday, July 25th 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Room 408B, Los Angeles Convention Center
Criminal Justice Workshop: Impact: Understanding the Collateral Consequences of the Criminal Justice System on Communities of Color