Upcoming: February Conversation: Reducing Incarceration in ArkansasPosted: January 19, 2016
What: Reducing Incarceration in Arkansas, a Community Conversation with Seeds of Liberation director, Omavi Shukur
When: February 6th 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Where: The Cavern, 316 West B Street, Russellville, Arkansas
Contact: Meredith at 479-957-0551 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources for our February Community Conversation in partnership with Seeds of Liberation, an organization working alongside Arkansas’ marginalized communities to create a just, equitable and empowering means for addressing crime through policy research, community education and amplifying the voices of the formerly incarcerated.
Arkansas has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. Once incarcerated, former felons—urban and rural, men and women—find it hard to gain employment and build back their lives.
Seeds of Liberation Director Omavi Shukur will provide some context on Arkansas’s incarceration rates and then open up the room for discussion. Formerly incarcerated people and their families and friends are especially welcome. Please come share your stories, learn more about Seeds of Liberation, and come together to build just systems for all.
Shukur is the author of the recent article, “Prisons, Profit, and Politics: How Arkansas Politicians “Fixed” a System That Wasn’t Broken.” Before founding Seeds, Shukur was a Staff Attorney at the Orleans Public Defender’s Office in New Orleans.
Learn more here: http://www.seedsofliberation.org/
About Our Living Room Conversations: This event is part of our Living Room conversations, a series of monthly gatherings hosted by the McElroy House. The goal of these events is to bring community members together to discuss human rights, economies, and building what Martin Luther King called “beloved community.” These conversations serve as a catalyst for community action that brings people together across division. Some of these events take place in our center in Dardanelle; others are hosted at community buildings around the area.
For more information call 479-957-0551