Today, the Center for Law & Justice joins with the Upstate Campaign to End the New Jim Crow to officially launch a Statewide Campaign to gather a minimum of 10,000 signatures calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to honor the life of Nelson Mandela by appointing a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission that would employ the same process that Nelson Mandela used to unite his country after the end of official apartheid – that is, forgiveness and reconciliation. The Commission would be charged to carry out 3 important actions:
(1) Assess the social, economic, and political impact the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration has and continues to have on New Yorkers, particularly the poor and people of color.
(2) Allow people in our communities to tell their stories about the impact of these policies on their lives and those of their families and communities.
(3) Find bold systemic recommendations and actions to halt and end the use of mass incarceration.
We are inspired anew by the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the moral conscience and leader of the world.
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*In the News:
Begin with a Truth, Justice, Reconcilation Commission, Times Union, Alice Green, December 14, 2014.
Green: Justice system ‘very reminiscent of apartheid’, Capitol Confidential, Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, May 20, 2014.
Justice advocates push for reconciliation commission, Capitol Confidential, Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, May 19, 2014.