Notes taken at the NASW GA Conference in October 2017 during the lecture of Andrea Young (Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia)

  1. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  2. Some of what keeps Georgia poor is the policies that support racial division.
  3. There are people who are working to keep Georgia racially divided.
  4. In Georgia 400 families control the same number of resources as the bottom 50% of the population.
  5. Race is still a big divider in our country.
  6. America has 5% of the world’s population yet 25% of the world’s prisoners (more prisoners than China or Russia).
  7. 7 of 100 Georgians are under the control of the criminal justice system.
  8. Any interaction with the criminal justice system has life long consequences.
  9. There are counties in Georgia where a traffic ticket can be $800.
  10. People treat an arrest the same as a conviction.
  11. Be advocates for smart and restorative justice.  The first wave is bail reform.
  12. “If you are not at the table then you are on the menu”.
  13. Democracy is not a spectator sport.
  14. 50,000 restrictions placed on people with prior convictions.

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