Right now more black men are under correctional control than were enslaved in 1850. As the scholars and activists in Ava Duvernay’s powerful documentary 13th remind us, mass incarceration is an unfair and ongoing assault on communities of color, exploiting already ravaged resources, crushing opportunity and threatening democracy. It’s just one of the ways the private sector and the idolization of capitalism have deepened racial injustice. Using the seemingly race-neutral label “criminal”, we have justified the exploitation of people of color and their subsequent exclusion from economic life.
At the beginning of a divisive law-and-order administration, investors must help solve the U.S. carceral crisis. Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joins Pat Tomaino, Associate Director of Socially Responsible Investing at the Zevin Asset Management, to lead a workshop on the role of wealth in our carceral crisis. Our workshop will undertake a race- and power-centric analysis of the role of private capital in mass incarceration. Participants will examine how inherited privilege, power, and access support mass incarceration and consider unique ways in which wealthy folks can help support solutions. We will brainstorm avenues of impact that include partnering with directly-impacted communities, funding radical advocacy, and investing in change.
This workshop is hosted by Resource Generation as part of their 2017 Making Money Make Change conference. Resource Generation organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power.