We have witnessed the destructive phenomenon of mass incarceration grow in scope and strength.
Today, our country is the largest in the world. We know that locking up people does not improve safety. We know that incarceration harms the health of everyone it touches–those locked up, those doing the locking up, and those connected to both parties. In California, public policies like Prop. 47 and Prop. 57 have taken steps to chip away at the culture of punishment built by the “zero-tolerance” and “3 strikes” mentality of previous generations. But there is still much more work to do to bring real safety to our communities and begin to open the path to equity and healing for the communities devastated by this for generations.
The culture and economy of immigrant detention has grown increasingly punitive and harmful. Vulnerable and marginalized people are being ripped apart from families, communities and lives while a civil matter is resolved. Immigrant detention centers function like prisons and produce billions of dollars for private companies, with little to no oversight. As a xenophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric has become more visible in some communities, so has the resilience and resistance of marginalized communities. So join us as we call immigrant prisons what they are and discuss the intersection of immigration and mass incarceration with organizers and advocates from The California Endowment, UndocuMedia, TransLatina Coalition, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Youth Justice Coalition, and Yosimar Reyes Poetry at Self Help Graphics & Art.
*The views and opinions expressed during this live stream are those of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The California Endowment.
Trigger warning: This conversation includes discussion of sexual abuse, suicide, and other trauma endured by people in immigrant prisons. If you need to talk, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for free, confidential, 24/7 help.