There are rumblings throughout the country about racism right now. People are wondering what the implications of racism are, if it still exists, how much it affects and to what extent. These are the kinds of discussions we should be having as a nation. They are long overdue and the results of such discussions would be a welcome change to the silence and the ability of this country to ignore what is plain and evident. Yet it seems they're slow to begin and could go on for decades before we see any real change.
Now there are some in this country that can afford to wait as the discussion begins; on the other hand, those that are most affected by and involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems do not have the luxury of waiting. We must take action today, at every opportunity in the future, and be prepared to create opportunities on the days when there are none!
- Your family
- Your friends
- Your community
Look at a few of these books:
- "No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System" by David Cole
- "Race to Incarcerate" by Marc Mauer
- "The Real Cost of Prisons Comix" by Lois Ahrens
- "Youth Transferred to Adult Court: Racial Disparities" from the Campaign for Youth Justice. At the same location, you can also find:
- "Critical Condition: African American Youth in the Justice System"
- "America's Invisible Children: Latino Youth and the Failure of Justice"
- "Adoration of the Question: Reflections on the Failure to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System," by the W. Haywood Burns Institute.
3. Get Involved:
- Community decision-making tables
- Community events
- Juvenile justice meetings
- Criminal justice meetings
- School board meetings
- County board meetings
Join the Campaign for Youth Justice's newest campaign, Join the Movement, on our website, or join us on Facebook and Twitter. You will not only become connected to others that care about our children, but you'll also find tools and guides to help you as you begin to educate and organize others.
We can no longer look to the leaders to make the change our children and communities need: we must realize that we are the leaders, and the work will begin with us!