Jailed for Melanin’s primary goal is improving awareness of “how mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex disproportionately affect minority communities,” while also being a resource for civic engagement in this issue.
“While I was there, I was really shocked at all of the decisions being made, and the fact that students didn’t have a voice in what was going on,” said 16-year-old Miranda Li. “There needs to be a way for students to express their voices.”
The backdrop of the event was a colossal, 100-foot banner with the words “Disarm. Defund. Divert.”