That’s me in solidarity with some of the best and bravest young people I know (Sunrise Movement cohorts) just minutes before we were all handcuffed and taken to jail. Our crime? Asking to be heard on the climate emergency. Asking for justice for the Bella Romero Academy community that has a fracking site less than 700 feet from the school. Asking for a just transition for oil and gas workers so they can have safe, good-paying jobs that don’t poison the environment. Asking for that just transition to focus on the marginalized people and communities most affected by climate injustice.
Some of the 38 activists arrested were in jail 30 hours. An 18-year-old high school girl was released at the same time as me: 28 hours after arrest. Many of us (white women of privilege) feel an even more urgent need to (also) fight for prison reform.** Speaking only for myself, one day in that system was extremely stress-inducing, demoralizing, and disorienting. I thought I knew how bad it was for incarcerated people, but I absolutely didn’t fully understand the emotional toll. The experience was frequently dehumanizing and traumatic.
I have SO MANY thoughts and feelings about those hours. But because my brain is still in recovery mode, I will just say this: We can and must do better.
For the people and the planet.
**After extensive reading, I no longer believe reform is possible. We must abolish the prison industrial complex.
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How was the food?
Bet you can guess.
WOW 😯. You are brave
I don’t know if I’m so much brave as determined. Either way, thanks for reading and commenting!
Tracy, you ARE being heard! I’m sure sorry to learn about this negative experience in jail, but please know that you’re making a difference!
Thank you very much, Becky. I do agree that actions like this make a difference! (I changed the post to Private when I thought about how it might be used against me when I go to court.)
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