The Next Movement (TNM) was born as a response to a visit and lecture by Professor Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, at Trinity United Church of Christ, December 5, 2010, and a Convening held December 11, 2010, that began to form an action plan to respond to mass incarceration in America.
TNM is comprised of Americans of all races, ages, and religions, who view mass incarceration as the key human rights issue of our time, and are committed to building the mass movement necessary to alleviate it. Through education and building awareness, through organizing individuals and organizations, we are dedicated to mobilizing the “people power” necessary to make the systemic changes required. Our mission:
The Next Movement exists to end the mass incarceration of African Americans, other men, women, and youth of color, the poor and disadvantaged, and to remove the structural injustices inflicted upon the currently and formerly incarcerated, returning their full rights to them.
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THE NEXT MOVEMENT — WHO WE ARE
Imagine you are at a picnic on a beautiful day, along a local river. The place is crowded, everyone enjoying the day and the company, when someone notices a child floating in the water. There is panic as they rush to the child’s aid. Eventually they resuscitate the child, wrap it in a warm sweater, perhaps offer it some nourishment, and just about the time they relax . . . another child is spotted in the river.
The mad scene repeats itself, and then . . . another child. Soon everyone along the shore is exhausted as the children keep coming. There is no one to spare; it is all consuming.
That is the state of our support infrastructure, stretched to the limits of our funding, endurance and human capital, trying to address the many faceted problems of those we are trying to keep out of prison, our brothers and sisters in prisons across America, and those returning to our communities. Training, housing, jobs programs, food, counseling, family issues, the list goes on . . . but we must find a way to tear off some resources to move upstream and stop whoever, whatever, from throwing our people into the river.