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The Power of the Simplest of Actions

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It was absolutely essential that people would show up at this event, to participate, to engage, to learn. Despite my obvious suburban-whiteness, I was one of those people, and it mattered. Everyone who came made a difference at the event in one way or another.


Yesterday I attended Art 180's, Performing Statistics', and RISE for Youth's joint event, the Juvenile Justice Parade. It was organized by black and brown youth, all of which have faced personal discrimination and many of which who have been personally sent through the school-to-prison-pipeline. The chants spanned from "Fund education, not incarceration, invest in us, invest in us," to as simple as, "Prisons don't work!" We each were holding at least one piece of artwork from formerly incarcerated youth, organized by Art 180, and we took their art to the streets with a moving march, literally and figuratively.


We started at a community center and ended at a park, marching through backstreets a…