The statistics won’t come as a shock to those aware of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a series of policies and practices that push students, especially those most at-risk, from classrooms to the criminal justice system at a young age.
It’s time we change the conversation and the policy that leads to more incarceration, inequality and hopelessness for so many.
Join the Issue Time discussion on the school to prison pipeline.
I’d like to make a blog for men and boys to share their stories of issues that have affected them. This will be your space for your voices to be heard anonymously or not, depending on what you prefer.
This blog will be mainly submission based, but we will also be posting and reblogging stories about male issues that aren’t political but just made to get these truths out there, that these things happen to boys and men. As the blog progresses we’d then like to move on to deeper things like a week for abuse victims to tell their stories, rape victims theirs, sex workers theirs, ED survivors theirs, suicide survivors theirs, circumcised men theirs (to let them explain how circumcision affected them), ect.
During months dedicated to male health issues, we’ll the blog to give health information on screenings, symptoms, how to check themselves, ect. On international men’s day, dedicate it to information about their educational issues, health issues, incarceration issues, ect.
This blog is open to all stories involving issues as stated above, with a focus on intersectionality to address the interconnectedness of certain issues regarding men of different backgrounds across culture, economic background, sexuality, religion, as just like how for example,black women face misogynoir, men also face interrelated issues that need to be addressed.
At Special Collections you can find the newspaper of the Black Panther Party, published weekly between 1967-1980. The newspaper was an important means of communication and the official voice of the party. It included op-eds and party activities and stories on police brutality, incarceration, education, employment, poverty, and injustice. The last page of the paper featured artwork by the paper’s art director, designer, and main illustrator Emory Douglass. The following issues are from 1971.
The Obama Administration’s Second Chance Pell Pilot program, worth a total of $30 million, will be distributed in installments of $5,815 per person to inmates at various correctional facilities. Once eligible, approved inmates five years or less away from release will be able to use them to work towards associate or bachelor’s degrees at a pre-approved list of 67 colleges and universities while incarcerated. The Pell grant pilot program reverses a mandate set in place by a former president.
Dismantling Structural Racism: Throughout much of our history, the elite in America has divided people along racial lines in an effort to consolidate wealth and power. We need to simultaneously address the structural and institutional racism which exists in this country while at the same time vigorously attacking the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality which is making the very rich much richer, and everyone else - especially the African-American community - much poorer. Meanwhile, too many people of color in this country find themselves subjected to a system that treats citizens who have not committed crimes like criminals. We have more people locked up in jail than any other country on earth. We need to invest in jobs and education, not jails and incarceration. Finally, no person should have to worry that a routine interaction with law enforcement will end in violence and death. Black lives matter: we must reform our criminal justice system, move away from the militarization of police forces, and invest in community policing.
This was included in an e-mail sent to his supporters explaining why he is running for President and which issues he says he will prioritize.
Today in America, we have more people in jail than any other country on Earth. 2.2 million people, predominately African American and Hispanic. We are spending $80 billion a year locking up our fellow Americans. I think, and this is not easy, but I think we need to wage a major effort to come together as a country and end institutional racism. We need major, major reforms of a very broken criminal justice system. Now what does that mean? Well for a start it means that police officers should not be shooting unarmed people, predominately African Americans. It means that we have to rethink the so-called War on Drugs which has destroyed the lives of millions of people, which is why I have taken marijuana out of the Controlled Substance Act so that it will not be a federal crime. That is why we need to make, and I speak as a former Mayor…we need to move [police departments] toward community policing so that the police officers become part of the community and not, as we see in some cities, an oppressive force. We need to make police departments look like the communities they serve in terms of diversity. We need to end minimal sentencing. We need basically to pledge that we’re going to invest in this country in jobs and education, not more jails and incarceration.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) just announced he is running for President of the United States, making him the second most high profile candidate to join the race for the Democratic nomination. The unapologetic liberal has earned a reputation as an outlier in the U.S. Senate, largely due to his socialist proclivities and aversion toward “big money” and the undue influence of corporate America.
Bernie Sanders. Check his record against any of the other candidates (and most other people in politics!) and he stands the test of time. He’s trustworthy, he doesn’t lie or scheme to get his way - he relies on compassion, hard work, determination and vision to see him through the negativity he encounters.
He is FOR the people. Hilary is a name, nothing more, and man has she done some horrific things just to get to the podium. Instead of a track record of good - she apposed gay rights for decades (not Sanders though), she petitioned and voted for the war in Iraq (not Sanders though), she takes money from the billionaires we’re controlled by and then says “let’s shut ‘em down!” for show, but she’s owned by them. Private jails, pharmaceuticals, GMO companies - they paid for her campaign. She’ll never stand up to them and never fight for Americans against them. I’m all for a woman as president - but I believe in equality. Equality means men and women are afforded the same opportunities. That means HRC can run for president, but it doesn’t mean that just because she’s a women she should win. She isn’t the right person for the job. In fact she terrifies me, and I am legitimate scared of how this election could turn…
Bernie is the right choice. His actions on equality, healthcare, incarceration, education, climate change, the redistribution of wealth. He’s the man.
Bernie Sanders is the new Roosevelt. He will help us heal. Bridge the gap between men and women, black and white, rich and poor, America and the world - and we will thrive. He is an ACTUAL LEADER and not just a school captain on a popularity power trip. He wants to change the world, not just say “I won, suckers!”.
American needs a leader with a vision, and that person is Bernie Sanders. I hope you feel that Bern and that you’ll go out and vote.