While a college degree is key to a prosperous future, nearly 20 percent of our nation’s students do not even attain their high school diplomas. Typically, those who do not reach high school graduation reside in low-income communities and face substantial barriers that make their educational progress difficult.
“Unfortunately, people think officers are robots. They think because you hang a badge on their chest and a gun on their hip, they’re immune to all these stressors. It’s simply not true.”
In episode 1 of our WGN podcast series On Social Health and Change, we discuss the deep problems with the U.S.’s current juvenile justice system and the great potential of investing in restorative justice programs.
On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the Civil War had ended and all slaves were to be set free. This day, known as Juneteenth, was the last official day of slavery in the United States. While slavery ended, its mechanisms of oppression through labor are still prevalent today.
We believe that current systems steal away the future of too many young people—predominantly young men of color. We hope that through our REAL Justice initiative, we can reverse this trend.
Stigma is one of the biggest problems for people with mood disorders. Stigma keeps people from talking to their doctors about their symptoms, it keeps people from being properly diagnosed, and it keeps people from treatment.
REAL Justice seeks real justice for youth of color in our region, who are disproportionately represented at every step of our justice system. Our investment is our way of helping to bring real justice to them.