Orange is the new symbol


EMIT -- End Mass Incarceration Together

"orange ribbons" are a powerful symbol that Americans must work together to "end mass incarceration" because it is one of the worst injustices of our time. "Michelle Alexander" in "The New Jim Crow" describes the "racism" behind the massive incarceration of American black and latino people, many because of harsh "mandatory minimum" sentencing. Have an orange ribbon making party to churn out a few hundred or thousand ribbons as a wearable symbol of the movement to end mass incarceration.

Wearing an orange ribbon daily is a potent reminder that the United States incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s inmates, even though we have 5 percent of the world’s population.

You can make a pile of orange ribbons to wear and share with friends and fellow activists. See here for an illustrated guide to making orange ribbons.

I came up with the idea of wearing a ribbon after hearing the story of a man I’ll call “James” while volunteering in a prison. James had careers as a dancer, a character on Sesame Street, and in a show in Las Vegas, where he owned a nightclub. Unfortunately, his boyfriend at the time insisted that James receive packages in the mail. James resisted, and his boyfriend threatened…

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