Against Mass Incarceration: What We Can Do-- Roundtable with The Educational Justice Institute (TEJI) at MIT, MA State Rep. Liz Miranda, and Black and Pink Boston
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:00pmVirtual Event
The United States holds more people behind bars than any other country in the world--in fact, more than all the other countries' prison populations combined. The imprisoned are not proportionally distributed across the country's population, but come disproportionately from communities of color, who face harsher policing practices, longer sentences, and generational cycles of disempowerment and poverty.
What can we do locally to intervene in the system of mass incarceration, and to work towards transformative justice so that this country can truly be the land of the free for all of us, across racial, sexual, ethnic, and gender lines?
In this roundtable, representatives of advocacy groups and decarceration initiatives from MIT and the Boston area discuss their work, how society has to be changed for mass incarceration to be eliminated, and how MIT students can get involved in this work.
MA State Rep. Liz Miranda, representing the Suffolk 5th district in the MA House of Representatives; community organizer and advocate for criminal justice reform
Representative from Black and Pink Boston, a group advocating for the rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated queer and trans people of color
The Education Justice Institute at MIT (TEJI)
Moderated by Nina Foushee (LBGTQ+ Services) and Daniella Gáti (Margaret Cheney Room); sponsored by LBGTQ+ Services and the Margaret Cheney Room.
About LBGTQ+ Services: https://lbgtq.mit.edu/home
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