Once again we approach the end of the year with many reasons to appreciate the dedication of individuals and organizations whose efforts continue to shine a light on the failures of our criminal legal system, to develop and implement changes that will bring justice and overcome racial bias, and to serve those harmed by the cycle of trauma and violence caused by the punitive approach that we take to criminal justice.
Here is a list of organizations that are making important contributions to those efforts and that are worthy of our year-end financial support, including links that you can use to learn more about their work and to make a donation.
We are also called to take some time over the holidays to continue to consider how we can address the racial disparities in our criminal legal system. We can get some help in maintaining that focus:
- by watching the program on Challenging Racial Disparities to End Mass Incarceration being presented by The Sentencing Project on Wednesday December 1 at 1:00 CST (register to participate at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_630m4oj-Rkezbtdf94xd9A?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=3c564d07-adac-4d79-9d05-6ece3e01307a)
- by watching the new Brave New Films documentary Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem, accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm2PxE0HMr4&t=4s, and
- by checking out the report released last month by the Sentencing Project on The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Diversity in State Prisons, clicking on: The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons.
Please also use the links in the revised document under the tab Getting Involved, and in the revised documents listing reports and online resources under the tab Sources of Information and Ideas:
- to participate in some of the online events being presented between now and December 7,
- to join the new Illinois Alliance for Reentry and Justice,
- to watch some of the programs mentioned there that are now available online, and
- to consult some of the important new reports on conditions in our prisons, on reforming the reentry experience, on the status of justice reform in Illinois, and on addressing mass incarceration through social investments.
I hope that you and your families will also find time to enjoy the holidays and that you will find new sources of inspiration and energy as we emerge from some of the limitations and distractions of the past two years.