Harry Belafonte's The Gathering for Justice Lays Down Agenda For 'GULD' Conference
"Growing Up Locked Down" will examine the school-to-prison pipeline and alternatives to punishment at the juvenile justice conference in Southern California this weekend.
The Gathering for Justice hasn't stopped its mission to heal the world. Off the heels of the uplifting "Many Rivers To Cross" social festival in Atlanta, the group has reached California for the juvenile justice conference, Growing Up Locked Down (GULD).
Launching Thursday (Oct. 12), the conference will continue this weekend with blueprints dedicated to reducing the incarceration of young people of color. Founded by Harry Belafonte, The Gathering of Justice has continued to execute restorative justice as well as productive conversations on injustice. The event also coincides with the launch of The Justice League CA, an extension of the group's task force, Justice League NYC.
Between celebrity basketball games and workshops, participants are encouraged to help transform the outlook of juvenile justice. Violent crime has dropped to a 30-year low for juvenile arrests, but it has uncovered troubling programs that paint a prison-like environment for the youth. “Our communities need more resources and support for young people who are struggling,” said Elias King, GULD Youth Representative.
“Locking us up and throwing us away doesn’t help, it makes our burden worse,” Carmen Perez, Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice and founder of Justice League CA, adds. “We need to remember that many of our young people have suffered from traumatic experiences in their homes and neighborhoods. They may feel like they can’t control their surroundings, but together we can provide our young people with the resources and support to take control of their lives and be a positive force in their communities.”
Guests include Black-ish star Miles Brown, rapper Mysonne, Angelo Arce, Heaven Marie and surprise special guests.
Find out more about the GULD conference, here.