Justice for All encompasses issues of Black Lives Matter, mass incarceration, and all issues of racism, poverty and abuse of Blacks and Latinos, immigrants, the LGBT community and more.
These issues go to the heart of our Unitarian Universalist principles. Let’s work together in partnership with others to build a more just world.
Here are some of the concerns to address:
- Civil citations for juveniles
- Prison reform
- Ending the death penalty
- Gun safety
- Voting rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated
- Immigration reform
- LGBT rights and protections including passage of the Competitive Workforce Act
- Rooting out institutional racism
- Supporting additional training and body cameras for law enforcement
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The Justice For All Coalition of Central Florida is one organization working tirelessly to address these issues:
The purpose of the Justice For All Coalition of Central Florida is to join with others who share our values to educate citizens on the issues that caused the Mass Incarceration of 2.5 million Americans. We strive to identify the racism, poverty, and abuse attendant in such a system. We also join in partnership with others, to reform systems, and to support those who have been its victims. This is our commitment, to build a more just world.
We encourage you to have discussions with others, identify projects where you can impact outcomes, and ACT, with compassion, guided by our Unitarian Universalist principles, toward this end.
It has been said that, “modern racism is not Bull Connor turning fire hoses and dogs on black people. Modern racism is the reinforcement of white privilege through systematic, institutionalized policies, practices and laws that deny equal protection to people of color…”
Our mandate is the reform of institutionalized oppression of the poor, the vulnerable and people of color. Today the disproportionate numbers of citizens in prison are people of color. The same disproportions hold true for those killed by law enforcement nationally. Every 28 hours a black person is killed in the US by law enforcement. This must be acknowledged and reformed in order to create a more just world.
While hate groups continue to exist, we now have our first Black President, and most people, when asked, would tell you that our “race problems” are a thing of the past. This collective case of “willful blindness” is born of a need to move on from the pain of the past and into a future painted rosy and trouble free.
Often when someone notes that certain groups of individuals tend to be poor, unemployed and or living in degraded circumstances they think to themselves or say out loud that “if they tried harder, pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and believed in the dream, they too could achieve success.” This is wishful thinking, borne of ignorance and a rhetoric that does not adequately address current conditions. We have allowed our politicians to put into place a system that guarantees that disproportionate numbers of the poor, people of color and the disenfranchised will be swept up into a prison industrial complex that will incarcerate them, use them as slave labor to power the machines of the industrial-corporate complex, and continue to build vast fortunes for a few.
From the period of post reconstruction, following the Civil War, there have been continued efforts to control the lives of black citizens in the United States. This theme continues today in the efforts to deny healthcare in the South, and the disproportionate numbers of black citizens who end up incarcerated for acts that other citizens engage in daily. People of color receive disproportionately longer sentences, and are put to death more frequently as well.
The school to prison pipeline, poor educational opportunities, decreased job opportunities and high unemployment, seal the future for those caught up in this system. It is naive to assume that corporations do not understand the implications of these circumstances and the downside of maintaining privatized penal systems for immigrants, the poor and people of color. This is part and parcel of a prison-industrial system that feeds inmates in at one end, consumes products and services and produces profits for corporations at the other. Inmate transportation, healthcare, programming, food services, and personal services such as commissary, telephone contact, visitation by computer, and money management of inmate accounts are lucrative and much sought after government contracts beyond the housing and supervision of the inmates themselves.
By allying ourselves with others such as End Mass Incarceration, Abolish 20th Century Slavery, Coalition Against Police Violence, Florida Cure, Real Cost of Prisons Project, #BLACKLIVESMATTER, Color of Change and more we can make a meaningful change in this unjust system. You can access the webpages of each of these groups by pointing your mouse at the name and "clicking". The system will automatically take you there.
The first step of systemic change is acknowledging the role white privilege plays in our lives. Then we can support those currently within the system, as well as their families, and we can work toward changing laws and structures that perpetuate injustice.
You can find Justice For All on Facebook at: Justice For All Coalition of Central Florida or by email through Nancy Nordyke-Shelley at: Nancy.BeyondWords@gmail.com or by phone at: 909-714-8798.