“Behind the Curtain – Racism and the Criminal Justice System”

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UUCP member, Al Stawsky, in the News

UUCP member, Al Stawsky, in the News

On June 5th at 7:30, Al Stawsky, UUCP member and Chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey, will talk about the dangerous state of the criminal justice system, the bloated prison system it has created and its disproportionate targeting of people of color keeping racism and its consequences alive today.

This event is spprison cliponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palisades and the Singles for Social Justice Group.  It will take place at the Lydecker House (SE Senior Center) at 228 Grand Avenue in Englewood at 7:30 PM.  For those interested, a meeting of the Singles for Social Justice Group will meet at 6:30 PM prior to the talk.  Admission is free.

The total prison population in the United States has grown from about 300,000 in the 1970s to 2.3 million today. This is a far greater rate of incarceration than nearly every developed country in the world and even far larger than highly repressive regimes such as Russia, China and Iran. In addition, no other country imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities. The U. S. imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of the apartheid era. This is primarily a result of the so-called ‘war on drugs’ even though studies show no racial difference in the rates of illegal drug use or sales.

The talk will discuss how the State of New Jersey criminal justice and prison systems are in line with the national pattern and the important N. J. State legislative actions that are being pursued to help alleviate the situation.   All are invited to come and learn more about the actions being taken and how to support these ongoing efforts.

For more information call 201-387-8143