Alicia Keys, Dignity for Incarcerated Women

Thank You #Cut50 and your Dignity for Incarcerated Women campaign, bringing national attention to the realities facing women in prison.

Why we do this work

“Ella’s Song,” written by Bernice Johnson Reagon and performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock.

2Pac

“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”
– Tupac Amaru Shakur

How Mindfulness Can Transform Movements for Racial Justice and Equality

BY DAWNA I. BALLARDJOE HARPER, JR.

While Black History Month is rightly steeped in regard for the struggles and triumphs of the past, consciousness in the present is what will move us forward through the other 11 months of the year.


(AP Photo/Edward Kitch)

The kind of mindfulness exemplified by Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, shown here at a 1966 news conference with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., could transform movements for racial and social justice. The American civil rights leader and the Buddhist master came together to call for a halt to the U.S. bombing of Viet Nam. Read More

Bryan Stevenson on What Well-Meaning White People Need to Know About Race

(Photo Credit: Nina Subin)
An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices.
Originally Posted on Pacific Standard, Feb 6, 2018

In the United States today, African Americans are five times more likely to be incarcerated than whites. Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard University-trained lawyer, works every day to right this wrong. He has argued five cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court; won reversal, release, or relief for 115 wrongly committed death row inmates; and also won a Supreme Court case affirming it unconstitutional to deliver life-without-parole sentences to children 17 and under. I met Stevenson on an August afternoon in Atlanta, where he was the keynote speaker at Georgia State University’s freshmen orientation. His talk, delivered to a largely African-American audience at an indoor sports arena, was met with a capacity crowd and a standing ovation. One high point was when he passionately urged students to “get proximate to the problem.” As the founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery-based non-profit dedicated to achieving racial and economic justice, Stevenson, 58, has done just this. Read More