This is America: The Effects of Mass Incarceration & How We Contribute to It.
This event had FailSafe ERA President and CEO, Juanita Shanks, who delivered a keynote address to the young people and community members in attendance about the effects of mass incarceration and how we contribute to it through what we buy as state government entities, recidivism rates, voting rights for convicted felons, lack of job opportunities, and how everyone could get involved in fighting for the rights of the current and formerly incarcerated.
A Call To Civic Action: Making A Difference
Know Your Rights Workshop
This event had Virginia’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Legal Director, Eden Heilman who delivered a keynote address to the young people and community members in attendance about the importance of knowing your constitutional rights as a voter, protestor, and citizens’ interactions with the police.
The Current Reality of Immigration
This event allowed students to discuss the history of illegal and legal immigration in the United States, as well as immigrant rights, legislation, migrant workers, aslyum seekers, and border security. It featured the Executive Director for the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Monica Sarmiento and Attorney Himedes Chicas.
Global Uproars: The Significance of Protest Today
At this event, students were educated on the current protest movements happening in Lebanon, Haiti, Hong Kong, China, Chile, Ecuador, Israel, Palestine, Sudan, Bolivia, and Kashmir. Each table had their own country to focus on, as well as a list of movement tactics, where students worked together to create a solution. Once student groups built a strategy, they participated in large group discussion and presented their strategies.