New FUSN Criminal Justice Advocacy Team will meet in the Alliance Room on Monday, March 27, 7:00-9:00 pm. For two years we have had 30 speakers and read and discussed two books. Now it is time to put our knowledge to work! We will review the legislative process by which changes can be made in our regressive criminal justice system. Numerous bills have been filed since January. We will consider them by category: ending the criminalization of poverty, ending the criminalization of youth, diversion strategies, ending human rights abuses in prisons, and reforming parole. Our goal as advocates will be to divide up the effort and delegate the study within our team. We will learn ways to communicate with legislators and through letters to the editor. We will collaborate with other UU’s through UUMassAction and EMIT (Ending Mass Incarceration Together).
This is the year we hope will be successful. Positive support for reform from the Governor, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has already been committed. Over 70 allied organizations have formed. Let’s identify FUSN as one of them! All are invited, including others in the broader community.
For more information, contact Nancy Wrenn, chair, Criminal Justice Task Force, FUSN Social Action Council, firstname.lastname@example.org.