Addressing the Incarceration Epidemic

Saving Lives. Money. Our Community

Mass incarceration is draining energy and driving exorbitant financial and social costs throughout our community, state and country. But, there are various policies and programs that have proven to influence effective positive changes.
Addressing the Incarceration Epidemic is designed to explore both of these realities.

Join Us!
Woodside Church will be hosting this important community conference with the support of Motherly Intercession, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint and Greater Galilee Baptist Church:

Saturday, October 26 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This will be a day of presentations and discussions designed to help us understand the issue and explore the solutions
•    Conference Speaker: LaRon Williams, former Flint resident, internationally acclaimed storyteller and social activist
•    Action Expo: Displays with representatives from organizations throughout Genesee County that are focused on all aspects of the Incarceration Epidemic
•    Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided

Admission is free. Reservations, however, are required to ensure we are prepared to host the event effectively and efficiently. Attendance will be limited. Please call 810.265.7052 for more information and to make your reservation, including childcare arrangements.

Sunday, October 27 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Worship at Woodside as we continue to address the incarceration epidemic.
•    Sunday Service begins at 10:00 a.m.—with a talk-back session immediately afterward
•    Caring childcare provided
•    Franklin Elmer Speaker: Dwight L. Wilson, Educator, Author, and Quaker Justice and Peace Advocate
•    Luncheon to follow—call Woodside Church 810.767.4911 to make your reservation

Take Action Today!

You don’t have to wait until October to learn more and start brainstorming ideas to help our community. Start now!

Understand the Issue: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is the foundation for this event. Read it before the event—recommended it to your book club or adult study groups at church.

The New Jim Crow

“Now and then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don’t know how to face. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is such a work…”    The New York Review of Books, March 2011

Visit for more information and additional resources related to the book. The Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending (CAPPS) is also an excellent resource:

The UU Congregation of Flint will offer dinner and the film, The House I Live In on Friday, October 25. It is a great resource. This film is also available on DVD and on-demand via your PBS station/website. 

Promote the Event: Together, we can make a difference. Use this flier (Public Flyer) to get the word out. Print to send or email it to your family, friends, and neighbors. With open minds and caring hearts we can find solutions that will save lives, save scarce resources, and save our community!

THANK YOU ► See you in October!


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