FOUR MA Events on Inform to Reform: how to end mass Incarceration together

Unequal Justice: The Consequences of Race and Class in Our Criminal Justice SystemSat, February 28, 7pm – 9pm, Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476,

Panelists: Peniel Joseph, civil rights historian, activist Don Perry, parole reform activist, and Arlington’s Acting Police Chief
Moderated by David Whitford. For more information, contact Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group member Miriam Stein at miriam.stein@comcast.net or 781-648-0255.
A Road Map Towards Justice: How to End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts
Saturday, March 14 First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington 630 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Center
Gather at 1:00 p.m. for social time, program from 1:15-4:30 p.m. Come learn about the bills related to mass incarceration and prison reform that might become law in the next two years. We will provide fact sheets, opportunities to ask questions and connect with others, and information about how you can help make our criminal justice system more fair and effective.
Speakers include Rep. Dave Rogers on parole reform, Rep. Sean Garballey on restorative justice, Matt Hartman (Sen. Ken Donnelly’s legal counsel) on pretrial and bail reform, EPOCA members on the Jobs Not Jails omnibus bill, Barbara Dougan on mandatory minimums, Andrea James on alternative sentencing for children’s primary caretakers, and Jon Tetherly on an innocence commission.
RSVPs to end-mass-incarceration@firstparish.info are appreciated but not required. Parking is in municipal lots on the other side of Mass. Ave. Buses #77, #79, and others stop nearby. Refreshments provided. Organized by the Mass Incarceration Working Group of First Parish Arlington.
Co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, End Mass Incarceration Together (a UU Mass Action working group), EPOCA (Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement), Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and the Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACP.
Inform To Reform: A forum on how you can end mass incarceration in Massachusetts
Saturday, March 28, 165 Main St., Amherst, Mass., 10 am to 2 pm.
Featured Speaker: State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst.

Join activists and legislators to share information on criminal justice reform bills pending at the Statehouse to end one of the worst injustices of our time. Hear from two formerly incarcerated people how they have been pummeled by the biased criminal justice   system, before, during and after incarceration.

Take away an action plan as a vital link in a statewide grassroots movement to end mass incarceration.       Free admission and refreshments. Registration requested but not required: http://tinyurl.com/Inform-Reform   Contact emit.susan@gmail.com, 978-772-3930. Co-sponsored by EMIT and Peacebuilders and Anti-Racism Ministry Team of First Congregational Church UCC of Amherst, http://www.firstchurchamherst.org/

“DISCUSSION OF DRUG WAR EXIT STRATEGIES
Free Presentation and Q and A with Jack Cole
Co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7-8 p.m. Hosted by Occupy Winchester at the Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main Street, Winchester, MA

Jack Cole knows about the “war on drugs” from several perspectives. He retired as a Detective Lieutenant after a 26-year career with the New Jersey State Police – 14 years in narcotics, mostly as an undercover officer. His investigations spanned cases from street drug users to international “billion-dollar” drug trafficking organizations.

“This is Not a War on Drugs – it’s a War on People.” Jack Cole

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