On October 6th, 2017, the MCBP held a benefit banquet to help raise funds to ensure that the program continues to thrive and be of use to our youth involved.
As the 2017 primary election approaches, Millennials in Action (a political activist group), as well as members from IDAAY, took to the streets with some of the candidates running for office, to urge and encourage people to get out and vote.
This meeting gives a small lecture to parents about being more involved in their children’s lives. They also bring in successful people from different career fields to talk with the children about how they overcame their struggles and used it to become the people that they are today.
The Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network is a non-profit agency located in North Philadelphia that seeks to tackle some of the leading problems in our communities such as drug abuse and violence within our communities.
Their mission is to transform the lives of many of the children/adults, here in the city through “the development and implementation of programs that reduce juvenile delinquency, young adult criminality, as well as relapse into criminal behavior.”
Text and Video by Sharee Cole
Below is a short documentary that gives viewers a peak of what it is like to be a member of one of the programs IDAAY offers known as “Main College Bound Program.” This program provides students with college preparation skills, life skills, and mentoring.
On the weekend of October 2nd, 2016, hundreds of people came out
to enjoy a final celebration in memory of Alexander Wilson Elementary School. The school is set to be demolished in January of 2017 to welcome the new development of dorms for University of the Sciences freshmen .
The event included free food, a DJ, a band, and appearances by many political figures such as State Representative James Roebuck and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. Former students and faculty were also in attendance as well as folks who reside in the area and felt a connection with the school.
During a class assignment, we were asked to pick an issue in society that we would like to see changed and provide evidence to support that there is indeed an issue. I chose to write about the modern day slavery taking place right under our noses in the prison systems. Here are some stats I found along with my voice on the issue.
First off there is a cycle. Find a way to target African Americans. (War on drugs…check). Find a way to make sure the sentencing sticks. (Make sure the jurors on the panel are predominantly white…check). When they get out, make it so hard for them to find jobs, due to their record, that they have to resort to activities that will land them right back in jail. (Recidivism…check).
Though employers have guidelines to follow in regards to the hiring process, many ex-criminals still cannot find jobs. Why is that?
When employers do not want to hire ex-felons, it can also be viewed as an excuse to sustain racial inequality since African Americans make up 40 percent of the incarceration population but only 12 percent of the U.S population according to the U.S Department of Labor. The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population but almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. Over the last 30 years, the incarcerated population has more than quadrupled, and today, just about 2.3 million men and women are held in prisons and jails.
According to MSNBC, in 2011 alone, there were more African Americans in prison or “under the watch” of the justice system than there were enslaved in the U.S in 1850. This stems from the war on drugs but statistics have shown that blacks and caucasians use/sell drugs at the same rate but African Americans are the ones constantly being arrested for the offense.
What better way to keep African Americans in prison except by making sure their kind aren’t on the jury when it comes to sentencing?. Please stay woke people.
Scenarios such as these, show how Africans Americans make up majority of the incarcerated population and how this trickles down to the hiring process and discrimination since they are the ones suffering when it comes to finding jobs.
This is how the cycle of recidivism occurs. Recidivism is when a person is released and resorts back to criminal activities that gets them thrown back in jail. Usually when people sell drugs or steals; it is not for the benefit of them, but to support someone close to them. This will happen if a released criminal cannot find a job. They will do what it takes to find a way to support these people.