Criminal Justice Reform in the Age of Mass Incarceration: An Open Letter to Illinois State Legislators
On a basic level, the criminal justice system is overpopulated, leading to incredibly inhumane living conditions for prisoners. More troubling though, the system itself amplifies the existing racism and sexism present in American society at large.
Young people find activist centers on, in, and around collegiate institutions, and this is what allows such powerful movements to take root. Safe spaces--and the community organizations that provide them--are vital to the legacy of activism in the United States. Muslim students are no strangers to this concept--the first Muslim Student Association (MSA) was founded in 1963 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the same intentions.
Hawraa Faisal took to the DePaul Class of 2022 group Facebook page on April 7 to warn students of her fear that “the chicken being served in the dining hall is no longer halal.” This came after a week of troubling experiences with Chartwells employees, she said.
It’s our job as individuals that have knowledge of this issue to conquer those stereotypical beliefs by spreading awareness. Stories of individuals like Brothers Nasir, Hamilton, and Navarro prove that incarceration is a Muslim issue. Educate yourself by listening to stories like theirs and find a way to organize events to build awareness. The numerous barriers Muslim inmates face in an attempt to ask for help should only encourage us to fight the system even more. When will we finally realize that a problem that affects part of our humanity is a problem to us all.
More than 75 people gathered at Chicago’s Thompson Center Thursday afternoon to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and call for its abolishment.
Trump’s rhetoric seems to support the idea that families immigrating without proper documentation need to be punished for their “selfish” actions. Yet, many of these families are facing war and violence. Waiting for proper documentation is not a viable option for them.
The university has expressed a clear opposition to these strikes and walkouts. The university argues it does not want its faculty walking out on its students, compromising their education. However, students have argued that the best way to not compromise their education is for their professors to be best equipped to teach, putting it back on the administration.
When a man—or a group of men—collectively kidnap, torture, and rape a young eight-year-old girl, their crime is not merely rooted in their depravity. They were using Asifa’s body as a means to assault her cultural identity