In this spoken word performance piece, Christopher Etienne speaks of the injustices and deprivations that lie at the heart of the mass incarceration system. “Click Bang” is a monologue that addresses how individuals are impacted by the prison industrial complex during and post their incarceration. In this piece, the author uses emotional notes to speak on the necessity of second chances, while offering an introspective view on the realities of mass incarceration. 

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Christopher Etienne

Christopher is a multimedia strategist. Educated as a documentary filmmaker at Columbia Journalism School and an Africana studies historian at Rutgers University, he uses journalism and storytelling to shed light on injustice and raise awareness about social issues. As a first-generation Haitian in the inner cities of New Jersey, he experienced both poverty and incarceration. His background inspired him to seek ways to create meaningful change through his work with organizations such as NJ STEP, Rutgers, the Renaissance House, and Brooklyn CRAN Network.