The first step to social justice is listening in order to understand. Listening makes it possible to address the causes of oppression. Listening facilitates engagement on first a personal and then a broader level.
On the afternoon of the scheduled visit, I arrived five minutes early. The visitation officer started the Cisco Webex meeting while I waited with excitement and some worry. Almost immediately, the faces of my mom and dad appeared on the screen.
Five senior students in the North Carolina Field Minister Program (NCFMP) gave a live presentation last summer via a virtual meeting platform to the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison, a Denver-based national network that supports higher education for current and formerly incarcerated people.