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It has been 18 years and seven months since I left the confines of incarceration. That experience with the young and old men that I met and forged bonds with is something I will never forget.  I was 19 when I got arrested and age 20 when I was convicted and sentenced to 22 1/2 years.  One of the first things guys often ask you when you make to Huntsville’s Diagnostics Unit, then again later when you make it to what might be your permanent or momentary prison unit, is “How much time you got?”  This was an unusually long sentence for a first time offender and young person, but many prosecutors have little or no regard for any of that when you’re a black defendant in a jury trial.
This is a common practice and the status quo of what I call a “Judicial Lynching” in the South, similar to the Jim Crow era, when the first Texas prisons and reform schools were built only for white men, while black men were instead often lynched for their alleged crimes and never to be heard from again.  This struck fear into the hearts of black men and women, preventing them from asserting their rights or standing up and challenging the merits of authority.  Similarly this is how many of our criminal court rooms still operate today.  You’ll often find that when black men and women, persons of color, and the poor of any race or ethnicity decide to exercise their rights to due process and stand trial, they are handed down the longest and harshest of sentences at the request of prosecutors, simply for daring to exercise their rights to due process and defying the status quo business as usual.  This has also helped spur mass incarceration, because 95 percent of criminal cases are adjudicated through plea bargains.
These deliberate and maliciously large sentences requested by prosecutors and handed down by southern district court judges and juries, even in cases that involve no victim,  hurt not only the accused and convicted. These sentences also destroy and hurt family members of those individuals, namely their parents, spouses and children.  It strikes fear in the hearts of men and women and discourages them from ever exercising their rights to due process.  These sentences ban millions of black men from society and civic participation and makes us what U.T. Professor of Sociology, Becky Pettit calls “Invisible Men”.  These sentences castrate and sterilize men and women, preventing them from ever having a family, especially women during their child bearing years.  Felony disenfranchisement and the 17 years I spent on parole prevented me from participating in any of the past municipal, gubernatorial and presidential election cycles, and I was never considered a full citizen.  As a property/home owner during that time, I still had to pay county property taxes.  If the formerly incarcerated are not full citizens, then please waive and do not  accept our hard earned tax dollars.

Thank you Texas Advocates for Justice- Houston Chapter
Gift wrapping for children with an incarcerated parents.-Path to Freedom Ministry St John's DowntownHouston Texas.
*A support group for people returning from jails and prison. Our mission is to change the prison cycle by reducing recidivism.-Danny Sneed Jr- (Program Director)
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Texas Advocates for Justice-Houston Chapter Leadership Training
TAJ works with individuals directly impacted by the Texas incarceration system and works for policies that end the criminalization of communities, break down barriers to reentry from jails and prison in Texas. In my lifetime I want to see us demolish the legacy of racism in the criminal justice system.
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¿Ha sido usted o un miembro de la familia encarcelado? ¿Detenido? ¿Está comprometido con cualquier institución en contra de su voluntad?

¿Quieres ser parte de un movimiento de más individuos como usted, elevando su voz para terminar con el encarcelamiento racial de nuestras comunidades?

Si es así, los Defensores de Texas por la Justicia (Texas Advocates for Justice; TAJ) lo invitan a que aplique para nuestro entrenamiento intensivo de un día que estamos ofreciendo a los nuevos miembros el 11 de Noviembre. TAJ es un grupo de individuos o sus familiares que han estado encarcelados como consecuencia de condenas penales, la política de inmigración, o el compromiso por cuestiones de salud mental. Como grupo, tomamos un papel activo en el cambio de las políticas y prácticas que resultan en el encarcelamiento masivo en Texas.

Nuestro entrenamiento consistirá en seis horas centradas en la narración personal y la educación política basada en la opresión histórica y la marginación de los individuos por las instituciones americanas.

Ofrecemos desayuno, almuerzo, aperitivos, cuidado de niños y transporte para aquellos que necesiten esa ayuda. También ofreceremos un estipendio a aquellos que completan el entrenamiento. TAJ está particularmente interesado en escuchar sobre las experiencias de personas con capacidades diferentes, mujeres de color e individuos que se identifican en el espectro de identidad de género que han estado encarcelados. Sólo podemos hablar por nosotros mismos, y buscamos las voces de aquellos que han sido estigmatizados, perfilados y excluidos.

Si está interesado, por favor llene la siguiente solicitud. Le pedimos que comparta esta información con aquellos que usted piensa que también estarían interesados.

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Si tiene alguna pregunta, contacte por medio de correo o llame a Jorge Renaud: jrenaud@grassrootsleadership.org (512)825-9052.
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Entrenamiento de Liderazgo & Organización Comunitaria

December 2, 2017, 9:00am - December 2, 2017, 5:00pm

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