Alicia Keys Here For Justice

 

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 AliciaKeys recently launched a new campaign called #WeAreHereForJusticeReform which aims to lower the U.S. prison incarceration rate in half within the next 10 years. The campaign has a petition aimed at getting 1 million signature that calls on Congress and the White House to take action. Up until the Fair Housing Act in 1968, “minorities” were unable to buy property or often declined to live in the same neighborhoods as white people. They were forced to move into poorer areas or move into neighborhoods far from their jobs. Many people say that we should “forget about the past” or “racism doesn’t exists anymore” it is a part of history that needs to be known, so we don’t repeat the same mistakes in the future. This was only 47 years ago and society still reaps the consequences today. Our country suffers from #InstitutionalizedRacism. Even if you have never personally experienced racism, you should have compassion for people who have because no one should be treated differently or racially profiled for what they look like. The United States is considered the “Land of the Free” yet we have the highest incarnation rate in the world. This is mainly due to the #PrisonIndustrialComplex. Prisons have become for-profit institutions, so the more people you lock up the more money is made. According to the SentencingProject.com, “More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their thirties, 1 in every 10 is in prison or jail on any given day. These trends have been intensified by the disproportionate impact of the “war on drugs,” in which two-thirds of all persons in prison for drug offenses are people of color.” What this does is create families without fathers or mothers, and children are left misguided. Its important to teach the youth about the corruption within our government officials, so that they don’t fall into the trap of making mistakes that could potentially lock them up. We can blame society or the government but at the end of the day its the individuals responsibility to educate yourself, so you can educate others.  To find out more about prison reform or to sign the petition visit: weareheremovement.com (Seek The Truth)

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