On September 6 and 7, 2019, Color Of Change, Define American, and Union Theological Seminary will host a symposium on mass incarceration and mass detention at Union’s campus in New York City. For too long, these issues have been treated as if they were wholly distinct when, in fact, the system that seeks to criminalize and disenfranchise communities of color is the same as that which otherizes and dehumanizes migrants. It’s time for faith leaders, journalists and politicians to reject these lies, and the white supremacist ideology that undergirds them.
At the September gathering activists, faith leaders, experts, and directly impacted people will join together for a two-day, interactive training on how to dismantle these unjust systems. Rashad Robinson, Jose Antonio Vargas and Michelle Alexander will deliver keynote addresses. Attendees will understand mass incarceration and mass detention more deeply, learn concrete skills to confront them, and begin to envision what a just society would look like.