by Karima Amin
Prisoners Are People Too, Inc. is an organization that takes the time to acknowledge those behind the wall. Men, women, and children who are imprisoned are important. Sadly, we have a tendency to forget that they even exist. On a national scale, the numbers are staggering. The US has the world’s highest prison population, with 2.3 million people behind bars.
I thought about this when Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the islands and the mainland. There was a lot in the news about our most vulnerable populations, children, the sick, the elderly, and the undocumented immigrant. I wondered about the prisoners. What happened to them when jails and prisons were flooded? Free Speech TV reported on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now,” that some prisoners were evacuated, while others stood in water that was 3 to 4 feet deep. Some were mistreated and others faced retaliation for reporting their conditions to family on the outside.
We plan to show a clip from Democracy Now’s September 8, 2017 program at the next regular meeting of PRISONERS ARE PEOPLE TOO, INC. on Monday, September 25 at the Rafi Green Center, 1423 Fillmore at Glenwood, at 7:00 to 9:00pm. We also plan to further discuss membership and the importance and value of our standing committees. Also, there will be an update of the “March for Justice,” sponsored by the Alliance of Families for Justice which started in Harlem on August 26 and ended with a rally in Albany on September 13, the anniversary date of the 1971 Attica Prison Rebellion. A few of us went to Albany for the rally while others had the opportunity to enjoy a “live streamed” version of the rally at the Rafi Greene Center via Skype.
“God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.” (Anonymous)