In this special episode, we’re talking with two activists who are working towards a better future for Georgia. First is Jennifer Young, an education professional and VP of Finance for the Young Democrats of Georgia, who shares with us her experiences in community organization and engagement. And speaking with us about ending cash bail is Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners On New Ground, a regional Queer Liberation organization that is hosting an auction for this years Mama’s Day Bail Out. We hope that these interviews inspire you to get up and get involved!
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Who are the 700,000 people that languish in cages every day, and where are they at in our community?” – Mary Hooks
- Jennifer’s perspective on the Opportunity School District
- How communities become stronger
- Why Jennifer is using her role as teacher in the community
- Why giving people a space to be heard and to get involved is so important
- On being a progressive or a conservative and the future of our two-party system
- The repercussions of “debtor’s prison” and how Mary’s organization is working to stop it
- How other states’ legislation is paving the way for change of cash bail law in Georgia
- The small amount of money that is keeping people in prison
- Why Southerners on New Ground is documenting their work with the cash bail system
The opportunity to really leverage our resources to make concrete material changes for folks instantly is right at our disposal right now.” – Mary Hooks
You have to allow people their dignity while they release their prejudice.” – Jennifer Young