Fighting Poverty with Passion
September was filled with preparations for the Juvenile In Justice exhibit and community events. And I finally have the promotional materials to prove it!
The exhibit will open with a preview event on October 22nd. From there, our partner organizations will host events in the exhibition space from October 23rd to November 20th. It’s been a whirlwind preparing for opening night, working with partners to organize their events, creating the promotional materials and the exhibit guide, and trying to get media coverage.
Despite the late nights and weekends I’ve devoted to this, I’m really pleased to be working on it and like how it is shaping up. We now have artwork from local high school students lined up to be included in the exhibit. Their work will respond to Richard Ross’ photos – the latter shows the juvenile justice system as it currently stands, the former asks us to reimagine a better future for our city’s children.
We are also working on ways for exhibit attendees to participate in changing the justice system. Specifically, we hope participants will join our call to get all children out of Orleans Parish Prison – New Orleans’ adult jail, cited by one expert as the worst prison in the country. We’ll be releasing an updated report on juvenile incarceration at OPP, which I helped to edit.
The rest of my work activities this month are a bit of a blur. I wrote our newsletter, which included a piece on the exhibit, a client success story, and an article on shackling in juvenile court. I’ve started developing a plan to improve our social media presence. I’ve edited our 10-point plan for juvenile justice reform in New Orleans. And I once took the office boat out on the bayou.
Now, back to the grind.