What is justice? What kind of world do prisons create? How has the prison system changed over time? What are alternatives to prisons, and how do they work? How will I create justice in my life? These questions guided our Peace Studies and Global Issues trip focusing on the prison system and alternative forms of justice. In this jam-packed week, Woolman students and staff visited individuals and organizations in the Bay Area who address prison issues from numerous angles: from the American Friends Service committee and the Human Rights Pen Pal Project organizing solidarity support for prisoners on hunger strike, to educators such as Jeff Duncan-Andrade who understand that we cannot have justice in our world without justice in our schools, to MetWest High School, where restorative justice practices create healing in communities deeply impacted by systemic violence. Art, and performance poetry in particular, became a lens through which to process our experiences and speak our truths. Check out these pictures and students' blog posts on some of their highlights of our trip!
- Performing at the Battle of the Bay Poetry Slam by Imani Sherley
- Attending the Berkeley Poetry Slam by Dontae Sharp
- A Conversation with Generation Waking Up by Cait Corrigan-Orosco
- At The Crossroads Comes to Us! by Jena Brooker
- A Visit to MetWest High School in Oakland by Jena Brooker