Safety & Justice Syllabus: Gun Violence and the Criminalization of Poverty
We started a new year and already we are hearing about the devastating impacts of gun violence facing our communities. From Jazmine Barnes to Kevin Fret, two high profile recent incidents of gun violence, we continue to grieve the lost of too many young people from our communities who aren’t provided the opportunity to realize their dreams of living healthy and prosperous lives. At Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, we are building a grassroots movement to see young people with a future of living in resilient and thriving communities and long, healthy lives.
The criminalization of poverty has increased significantly with poor and low-income people of color communities, facing a greater risk of being targeted, profiled, fined, arrested, harassed, violated and incarcerated for minor offenses than other Americans. A broken taillight, an unpaid parking ticket, a minor drug offense, sitting on a sidewalk, or sleeping on a park can all result in jail time. The school-to-prison pipeline is a significant factor in removing opportunities for self-fulfillment, education and employment, often creating and perpetuating poverty.
To kick off the new year, we compiled a safety and justice syllabus on gun violence and the criminalization of poverty as a resource for our community to understand the harmful impacts of systemic violence facing communities of color. We have a real opportunity in 2019 to change how the public and our leaders view the issue of gun violence and economic injustice. Please use this syllabus to learn more about the issue and what you can do to get involved and take action in your communities.
‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Encourage Dangerous Vigilantism by Ebony Slaughter-Johnson
Schools Need Resources, Not ‘ School Resource Officers’ by Lidwina Bell
Trump’s War on the Poor Has Just Begun by Karen Dolan and Rev. William Barber
To End Mass Incarceration, We Must Rethink How We Respond to Violence by Sophie Bandarkar
We Need To Talk About Black Lives and Gun Violence After the Florida Shooting by Sarah Ruiz-Grossman
The Racist Origin of the Second Amendment and the Rise of Black Gun Ownership by Zenobia Jeffries
Why Some Members of the Far Left Advocate Against Gun Control by Elizabeth King
Living While Black and the criminalization of blackness by P.R. Lockhart
The Who, What, And Why Of Gun Violence Prevention by Catherine Tang
The Gun Control Fight Is a Fight For Equality by Sarah Jaffe
The Secret History of Guns by Adam Winkler
Stop the War on Baltimore by Dante Barry
America’s Youth Under Fire by By Chelsea Parsons, Maggie Thompson, Eugenio Weigend Vargas, and Giovanni Rocco
Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not. by Matthew Desmond
The Stop-and-Frisk Challenge by Matthew McKnight