Tag: Mass-incarceration

Colin Kaepernick Wins Ambassador of Conscience Award, Uses Platform to Slam 'Lawful Lynchings'

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick once again used his public image to bring attention to racism and police shootings of Black men. The athlete received the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday. According to the organization’s website, the prestigious honor “recognizes remarkable individuals and groups who have promoted…

Activists Raise Funds for 'National Black Mama's Bail Out Day'

National Black Mama’s Bail Out Day is a national campaign spearheaded by the Atlanta-based activist group Southerners on New Ground (SONG). The campaign plans to pay the bail money of jailed Black mothers not convicted of a crime to be home in time for Mother’s Day, May 14. According to…

Ava DuVernay's '13th' Makes Comparison Between Slavery, Mass Incarceration

Director Ava DuVernay’s new documentary “13th” explores how mass incarceration in the United States, which disproportionately affects African Americans, reflects the injustice of slavery. DuVernay, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Selma” in 2014, said in an interview the film “may shake up everything you thought you already knew…