- Read Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
- Find a local chapter of Black Lives Matter and show your support by attending an event or making a donation.
- Learn about Showing Up For Racial Justice, which works to “Organize white people for racial justice.
- Get involved in #Cut50, an initiative working to “popularize the idea that we can smartly and safely reduce the number of people in prisons and jails by 50% by pursuing transformative legislation.
- Show your support for the Equal Justice Initiative, which is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
- Learn about social privledge. Reflect upon the privlieges you may or may not have. A tool to get started is Peggy McIntosh’s Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.
- View the film The House I Live In on the toll of the war on drugs on individuals.
Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 6:30PM.
Reverand Dr. Darren Ferguson found his faith during the nine years he spent in prison for attempted murder. He is a preacher, teacher, singer, motivational speaker, and social activist.
He serves as Pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Far Rockaway and leads the Starve The Beast Campaign, dedicated to reducing violence and recidivism in New York City. He is the author of How I Became an Angry Black Man: From Prison to the Pulpit.
Kahlil Koromantee focuses his work as an author, life coach, and college advisor on the youth of African descent who may be part of the criminal or family court system or aging out of foster care, preparing for college, or struggling with their sexual identity.
He has degrees in Secondary Education and Applied Psychology and is an accomplished poet and essayist, and the author of nearly 30 books, including Prison Bizness-Why Are So Many Black Men in Jail? and Teaching the Young, Gifted, and Incarcerated. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up in France, and was raised in Montreal.
Shannon Wong is the Director of the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she organizes legal, educational and community outreach. Her experience with legislative advocacy contributed to the successful passage of paid family leave and public defense reform in New York State.
Prior to joining the NYCLU, Wong served as an Orange County legislator, where she led campaigns to stop the expansion of asset forfeiture and to limit the shackling of pregnant women in jail. As Legislative Director for the YWCAs of New York State, Wong worked tirelessly on the Women’s Equality Agenda. Previously, Wong was the policy and communication specialist for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is currently a board member for Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley.