The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the entire world - and who ends up detained has a lot more to do with race, sexual orientation and gender identity, mental illness, immigration status, and poverty than what they are detained for. We see criminalization in action when undocumented immigrants receive felony criminal convictions for re-entering the country after deportation, when police officers have quotas to meet for a number of arrests and fines and go into communities of color to meet those quotas, and when Muslims nationally live under enhanced surveillance in the name of "counter-terrorism."
The Love Resists campaign is shifting from our monthly Conscience Calls, where we have built a spiritual community of resistance over the past several months, to offer some hands-on practical webinars and learning communities on how we can resist criminalization. In this webinar, hear from organizers on the front lines of protecting the worth and dignity of all people against criminalization by "expanding sanctuary," and learn where you can fit into a growing social movement of communities that are coming together to defend each other, create alternatives for safety outside the system, and pass local policies that reduce unnecessary arrests and surveillance and shift funding from criminal justice to community programs.
• Jacinta Gonzalez, Field Director, Mijente (Phoenix, AZ)
• Fatema Ahmad, Deputy Director, Muslim Justice League (Boston, MA)
• Jamila Hammami, Executive Director, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (NYC, NY)
• Ruth Idakula, Co-Director of Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal / Dignity in Schools Coordinating Committee Member (New Orleans, LA)
Facilitated by Hannah Hafter, UUSC & Love Resists
Participants will be provided with follow-up resources.