Representation in Politics Leads to More Inclusive Policies
It is crucial for community-based activists to engage in local and national politics and influence the opinions of elected officials to preserve community and uphold public safety. As a result of this collaboration, political leaders are more likely to adopt a representational and equitable approach to their policy and governance. TCA is organizing events that will provide community members the opportunity to consult directly with elected officials, with the broader goal of providing more representational aesthetics in law and policy.
What Does Justice Look Like?
The first event was a discussion between representatives from the Justice Ambassador Youth Council (Elias Hernandez, Mia Fox, Emanuel Daudu, and Tyler Campbell) and Manhattan District Attorney candidate Lucy Lang to discuss future policies for preventing gun violence in amongst young people as well as alternatives to incarceration for justice-involved youth. This event took place on Friday, June 4th. Justice Ambassadors Youth Council is a platform for 16 to 24 year olds who’ve been previously justice-involved and Youth residing in New York City, to participate in an eight week, structured classroom setting with city officials to hold conversations about challenging community issues, including poverty, trauma, racial inequality, and to co-develop policy proposals.
Beyond The Debate
This was a roundtable discussion between Manhattan District Attorney candidate Lucy Lang, City Council District 7 candidate Keith Harris, and Pastor Isaac Scott. This conversation delved into each candidate’s platform and explore their proposed policies for ending mass incarceration and upholding public safety in New York City. This event took place on Friday, June 4th. It was live streamed on The Confined Arts Facebook.