The Wesleyan American Civil Liberties Union chapter will be having a meeting this Thursday at 6PM in PAC 104 to discuss planning an event on the school-to-prison pipeline and the role that race plays in our country’s prison system. We hope this topic (which we discussed relatively thoroughly last semester) will be of interest to you, but even if it’s not, please come and share your interests/ideas with us!
Date: February 27 Time: 6–7 p.m. Location: PAC 104
Alicia Gansley ’15reminds us how awesome the word “gerrymandering” is:
How does the prison industrial complex steal your vote?
Peter Wagner, Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative, is leading a national movement to protect our democracy from the prison industrial complex. His pioneering work at the intersection of criminal justice and electoral representation has permanently changed how legislative districts are being drawn in 4 states, and has inspired pending legislation in 9 states including Connecticut. Wagner, the nation’s leading expert on “prison gerrymandering”, will be in Middletown to explain how legislators who have prisons in their districts get to claim incarcerated people as their constituents, deny them the vote, and then turn around to push for harsher sentencing laws. And Wagner will explain what you can do about it.
Co-sponsored by Wesleyan Democracy Matters and the WesACLU
From the enigmatic, golden-haired Angus McLean ’16:
Are looking to get that pesky government off your back? Come on down to WesACLU’s first meeting of the semester and join the fight for freedom. We have a whole bunch of issues to discuss from immigration to political prisoners to whatever you want to bring to the table. We’re planning on bringing in a speaker, making petitions, and if that isn’t enough to stir your blood there might even a demonstration in the works!
We’re still a relatively new group on campus so new members are very welcome!
Date: Friday, February 8th Time: 4pm Place: Usan 114 Cost: Free. Like America.