Monday, February 23, 2009

The American Justice System: Perpetuating Racial Injustice in a Time of Change

In 2009, the US saw it's first Black president move into a White House built by slaves. Obama's victory is a massive blow to racism and should be celebrated. But at the same time, questions must be asked about the institutional racism still entrenched in our society and perfectly exemplified in the justice system. It's no secret that in the U.S., the most common victims of wrongful arrest, coercion by police, torture, and even death sentences are poor, young, and often non-White.

The pipes of the criminal justice system remain clogged with racism. Examples like Kenneth Foster (sentenced to death under the Texas Law of Parties for driving a car before he was commuted off death row), Troy Davis (scheduled to be executed in Georgia despite witnesses testifying they lied on the stand after police pressure to do so), Rodney Reed (scheduled to be executed despite fingerprint evidence and a host of testimonies that lend him a credible alibi), Mumia Abu-Jamal (on death row in Pennsylvania for reporting on racial profiling by police) , or many other cases nationwide.

Come learn about our organization and how you can mobilize alongside the families of the victimized to fight injustice.

7PM on Wed., Feb. 25 in PAR 301

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