On July 7th, a passionate crowd bustled about the Haley House Cafe in Roxbury for the inaugural #StuckOnReplay event, a series of community dialogues on corrections reform in Massachusetts.
To raise awareness of the issues at hand, attendees were encouraged to share their stories, ideas, and opinions on how the criminal justice system has impacted their lives. Those testimonials, as well as other media from the event can be found on www.stuckonreplay.org.
The evening included powerful testimonials and performances by spoken word artists and a conversation with a currently incarcerated Boston-resident, who dialed in to share his concerns and experiences with the criminal justice system.
James Mackey of Teen Empowerment and Opportunity Youth United led a conversation on the Council of State Governments process with a panel of leaders, including Rashaan Hall, a civil rights lawyer at the Massachusetts ACLU, Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, and Shannon McAuliffe, Roca’s Boston Director. Video from the informative 20-minute panel dialogue can be found below.
To wrap up, attendees broke into small groups to discuss problems that the criminal justice system poses in their communities and possible solutions. Representatives of each group shared a summary of their discussion on stage. As this final activity concluded, the horizon had nearly eclipsed the sun and everyone posed for a photo, hopeful that by coming together their voices will be heard.
We’d like to thank everyone who attended. If you weren’t able to make it, Share Your Story online and please encourage others to the same!
- James Mackey, Community Organizer and Coordinator for Opportunity Youth United - Boston Community Action Team