The ACLU of Michigan has four openings for full-time Field Organizers -
one in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Saginaw, and Grand Traverse.
We are seeking an innovative, organized, and dynamic individuals for these positions. Field Organizers will have responsibility for organizing and mobilizing a statewide infrastructure of advocates supportive of ACLU-MI issues and campaigns. Individuals with personal experience with the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.
Full job descriptions for each position and how to apply available here: http://www.aclumich.org/open-positions
Applications due by April 9.
“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.”
- DOROTHY DAY, social activist
Changing the Narrative: The Case for Commutations in Michigan
In support of MI-CEMI's goal to encourage the governor to grant more commutations, The AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program (MCJP) held focus groups to collect the stories of men and women who served long time in Michigan’s prisons and are now out in the community, doing well and contributing to society.
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The Big Picture
See the original video - a compilation of many stories - with commentary from MCJP's program director
Hear more in depth stories about each person's journey
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Michigan’s prisons and jails contribute to the larger problem of mass incarceration in the United States.
Our prison population has grown to nearly 43,000 people and we spend over 20% of the state’s General Fund on prisons—more than 2 billion dollars per year. In addition to a bulging prison system, many of Michigan’s 82 county jails are at or over-capacity. Poor communities and communities of color—specifically Black men—are disproportionately represented in prisons and jails. Due to a drought of community mental health treatment, jails have become holding stations for people with mental illness and drug use issues. Michigan also sends youth into the adult system. This reliance on excessive punitive responses to community problems is creating undue burdens on families of incarcerated persons, hardships for people returning to the free-world from prisons and jails, and further trauma for all people impacted by prisons and jails, especially for people with serious and persistent mental illness.
In Michigan there are 6.7 Black men in prison to every 1 White man.
People returning to their communities from prison and jail in Michigan face incredible obstacles in finding jobs and housing.
In the United States, over 54% of people in prison have children under 18
The number of Michigan youth 17 and under that were sent to adult prisons or adult probation programs in the past decade.
People with mental illness are more likely to get caught in the prison and jail systems in Michigan—20 % of people in Michigan's prisons have a mental illness.
With large numbers of people committed to working on ending mass incarceration in Michigan we can make a difference. The Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration is dedicated to leveraging individual and organizational power to reduce our prison and jail populations in this state.
MI-CEMI members meet regularly to coordinate efforts, connect to national movements that are addressing systemic inequality and mass incarceration, mobilize people on the ground, and share their areas of expertise.
AREAS OF FOCUS
We are working together to:
Reduce the number of persons entering jail and prison
Reduce the length of stay when persons are imprisoned
Ensure conditions of confinement that are conducive to genuine rehabilitation
Increase the number of persons who are safely released from jail and prison facilities
Adequately prepare and support those who are released from incarceration for success
Reduce the “stigma” that prevents many formerly incarcerated persons from securing housing and employment
Reinvest any savings from reductions in incarceration back into the most impacted communities
Click on the names to access organization websites!
ACTION of Greater Lansing
Covenant V of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
Living Water Ministries of West Michigan
McPherson & Heinen Associates
Metro Detroit Out 4 Life Coalition
Michigan Lifers Association
Michigan Prosperity Network
Moorish Science Temple of America #4
Mothers & Conscious Kings - Alger
NAACP #3218 Kinross
National Lifers of America - Chippewa
National Lifers of American - # 1024 Cotton
National Lifers of America - # 1010 Kinross
National Lifers of America - # 3218 Kinross
National Lifers of America - #1013 Lakeland
National Lifers of America - #1014 Huron Valley
National Lifers of America - Gus Harrison
National Lifers of America - # 1023 Muskegon
One Love Global
U.C.C. Dreams of Justice
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Like our resolution states, members can be criminal justice advocacy 501(c)3 non-profit/educational organizations, associations or grassroots groups. Or, they can be individuals who are interested in criminal justice reform! Signing the resolution does not make you obligated to attend meetings or volunteer. It simply means you support our goals! Similarly, you may become a member by attending meetings or volunteering without signing the resolution. Do what's best for you!
Conditions of Confinement
Length of Stay
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our work groups under the
"Our Work" tab!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBERS
May attend our bi-monthly general meetings as a representative for an organization
May get involved with one of our work groups
Members and non-members alike can volunteer with one of our member organizations
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"Prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings."
- Angela Davis, social activist
Like our resolution states, members can be criminal justice advocacy 501(c)3 non-profit/educational organizations, associations or grassroots groups. Or, they can be individuals who are interested in criminal justice reform! You can send your signature page to the address below, or join electronically by filling out the form below. Signing the resolution does not make you obligated to attend meetings or volunteer. It simply means you support our goals! Similarly, you may become a member and attend meetings or volunteer without signing the resolution. Do what's best for you!
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