Let the Oppressed Go Free: A Personal and Social Reflection on White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration
Date and Time
Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Maher Hall, Salomon Lecture Hall
San Diego, CA 92110
In collaboration with the 24th Annual Social Issues Conference, we will be hosting a workshop with Alex Mikulich, PhD, Loyola University New Orleans, Jesuit Social Research Institute.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
This lecture will discuss the disproportionate imprisonment of people of color and how the examination of white privilege with regard to hyper-incarceration will help white people to "understand the walls we have built around ourselves and how our liberation is inextricably interwoven with the freedom and justice for people of all colors... Shedding light on the possibilities for new ways of being Church and transforming society through nonviolent resistance" (The Scandal of White Complicity in US Hyper-incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance, Foreward, Sr. Helen Prejean). In this examination, Church is challenged to USD's Social Issues Conference theme of, "From the Margins to the Center" and the possibilities for Church through an inclusive and just society.