Our speaker, Elizer Eugene Darris, will discuss efforts to "Disrupt, Dismantle, and Destroy" mass incarceration. Now a field organizer for ACLU of Minnesota, his views are informed by his own experience.
After being sentenced to natural life in prison as a juvenile and violently struggling for years in adult facilities, Darris fought to turn his life around. Self-education became his vehicle of self-discovery and through it, his life was redeemed. By studying law and working with his state-appointed counsel he successfully fought to get his life sentence reversed on appeal. Upon being released Darris became a business owner, consultant, educator, IT specialist and motivational speaker.
Darris will discuss the historical background of mass incarceration and ACLU's Campaign for Smart Justice, which aims to reduce the U.S. jail and prison population by 50 percent and to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
Please join us at 3 p.m. for a cup of coffee, welcome and announcements; the presentation begins at 3:15 p.m. and ends around 4:45pm. Then stay to socialize over nibbles and drinks.
Childcare is available upon request. Contact Audrey at [masked] by March 13th to reserve space.