In case you missed it, we kicked off our Racial Justice &… Series last week! Huge thanks everyone that joined the call, and to Joseph, Maria, Adan, and Samaa for their leadership in bringing this conversation to life.
You can watch the recorded discussion below, or read through to catch some of the highlights and action items from these inspiring panelists. **Don’t miss tonight’s panel on Racial Justice & Housing Justice at 5:30pm.**
Joseph Jackson, Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC)
What you can do:
- Donate to organizations like Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC).
- Join an MPAC monthly meeting and stay up to date on issues facing Maine’s incarcerated and formerly incarcerated citizens.
- Keep the public pressure on Maine’s politicians to make criminal justice reforms: write op-eds, call public officials, etc.
Maria Girouard, Maine-Wabanaki REACH
Maria shed light on the disproportionate contact that Native communities have with the criminal justice system, citing that while Wabanaki peoples represent 0.06% of the Maine population, they account for 1.7% of the states prison population. To support their community members while they are incarcerated, Maine-Wabanaki REACH brings native culture into the prisons, including sweat lodge ceremonies. Maria also shared about the ways in which REACH supports restorative justice as a practice rooted in community rather than institutions. They use “Indigenous peacemaking” as a way to bring the victim and the offender into discussion about what is needed to repair that harm.
What you can do:
Adan Abdikadir, Maine Youth Justice
Decarceration Reading List
Upcoming Racial Justice &… Sessions
Tonight, our panel discussion is on Racial Justice & Housing Justice and will feature speakers from Raise-Op Housing Cooperative, Four Directions Development Coportation, Homeless Voices for Justice, and Rise & Shine Youth Retreat.
Next week, the panel is themed around Racial Justice & Health Equity and will feature speakers from the Southern Maine Workers’ Center, Maine Access Immigrant Network, and New Mainers Public Health Initiative.