Commentary

NYC’s notorious Rikers Island: “I hated the place.”

On October 17, 2019, the New York City Council voted to shut down Rikers Island by 2026, after years of protest and outrage over the jail's deplorable conditions and a history of violence against and by inmates. Rikers Island. I had visited Damon, the youngest of my four children, at the 413-acre jail complex many… Continue reading NYC’s notorious Rikers Island: “I hated the place.”

Community Issues

A forum on stopping the “school to prison pipeline”

October, 26, 2019, Las Vegas, NV In a small community room at the Doolittle Community Center in West Las Vegas, more than 100 school advocates, community leaders, parents, and a students participated in a program, "How We Educate Students and Stop Arrests." They gathered to discuss the problem of  black students being "pushed out" of… Continue reading A forum on stopping the “school to prison pipeline”

News

“National Day of Outrage” to honor Atatiana Jefferson, Monday, October 28

  The funeral of Atatiana "Tay" Jefferson, 28, was held last Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas. Hundreds of mourners celebrated the memory of a young woman described as a "hands-on aunt who took her nephews to arcades and playgrounds; a pet lover who could not say no to animals in need...and a pillar of family… Continue reading “National Day of Outrage” to honor Atatiana Jefferson, Monday, October 28