The Stop Mass Incarceration Network has called for a National Day of Action to Stop Mass Incarceration on Thursday, April 19th. These national actions joins with, the struggle for Justice for Tayvon Martin. On April 19 -- everyone concerned about injustice should say NO TO MASS INCARCERATION! There will be rallies and marches and school teach-ins in several cities. The architects and enforcers of mass incarceration will be challenged over the inhumanity of the policies they are inflicting on society. Why? BECAUSE:
More than 2.4 million people, most of them Black or Latino, remain warehoused in prisons across the country;
Black and Latino youth are treated like criminals by the police and the criminal justice system, guilty until proven innocent, if they can survive their encounters with police to prove their innocence;
Former prisoners wear badges of shame and dishonor even after they serve their sentences — discriminated against when applying for jobs, denied access to government assistance, not allowed in public housing, denied the right to vote.
It is time to stand up and say NO MORE! The vigilante murder of Trayvon Martin concentrates the racial profiling that leads into more than 2.4 million people being warehoused in prison and the millions more who are treated like second-class citizens even after they’ve served their sentences. April 19th must be a day of standing up and saying NO MORE to all of this.
Join this effort to organize a day of a day of action - youth, tired of being demonized, taking to the streets, joined by others from different backgrounds, races and nationalities who stand with them; a day of speaking bitterness to the way the whole criminal justice system abuses millions of people. All saying in a powerful voice: NO to mass incarceration and all its consequences.”
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