Reclaiming Our Way promoting the well-being of African American children & families

1May/140

Bryan Stevenson: Ending the Politics of Fear and Anger

Bryan Stevenson on the fear and anger that drives the insane criminal justice policies in this country, and its impact on the future outlook of many of our children. He challenges all of us to get more involved, and fundamentally reorient ourselves and then these bad policies.

We have a criminal justice system that is incredibly wealth dependent. No matter how innocent you are, no matter how strong your alibi, no matter the fact that you didn't do anything wrong. It doesn't shield you from arrest, prosecution, conviction, and even long-term incarceration. Our system treats you better if you're rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent.

Additional interesting discussions follow Bryan Stevenson's immediate remarks.

30Oct/120

Michelle Alexander: A Movement to End Mass Incarceration

Michelle Alexander speaks on a panel at the Children's Defense Fund's 2012 National Conference about the mass incarceration of people of color, especially African Americans.  This trend has created what can be understood as a new caste system based on race, very similar to the system created by law during the nation's Jim Crow era.

 

And the reason I think it's so important for us to shift our thinking about mass incarceration in our criminal justice system, away from just thinking of it as just a broken system that's in need of some reform or some tinkering, and to understanding the scope and scale of this thing and its relationship to our racial history and our racial present, is because if we imagine... if we continue to delude ourselves... that our criminal justice system is just a little bit broken and in need of a fix here and there, a policy reform here and there, if we delude ourselves into thinking that this system of control will continue to function well for a very long time, just as in the days of slavery we shouldn't have been talking about reforming slavery to make it a more humane system, we shouldn't be talking about reforming the system of mass incarceration.  We should be talking about ending the system of mass incarceration as a whole.  And we shouldn't be talking about reforming the war on drugs, we should be talking about ending the war on drugs.

 

 

30Oct/120

Geoffrey Canada: Poverty Knows No Color

In this clip, president and chief executive officer for Harlem Children's Zone Geoffrey Canada reminds the attendees at the Children's Defense Fund's 2012 National Conference poverty knows no color or city limits and that the fight against poverty is an issue for all not only Black or Latino children. Watch, learn, and organize - the entire session is available for purchase by itself or as a full DVD set from the Children's Defense Fund's National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Too often people have assumed that this crisis really is about poor black and brown children in America, and they could not be more wrong.  This crisis is impacting our entire country...

 

For those who think this is about African Americans and Latinos I have some real news for you.  This is not going good for the average middle class child in this country.