COVID has been hitting our youth and families the hardest due to the disproportionate health risks of coronavirus for Black and brown people, but also due to higher unemployment rates, lower access to technology for children struggling with distance learning, and the lack of financial stability to support families surviving months of lost income. And of course, our prisons, both adult and youth, are filled with Black and brown people who were targeted by a racist, deliberately unjust justice system and have been subjected to unsafe conditions due to coronavirus outbreaks in the past year.
Now more than ever we must stop systems from targeting Black and brown youth. For years Louisiana has held the title of “prison capital of the world” and in 2021 it continues to have the highest incarceration rate of any state.
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), a Black-female led organization that centers families and youth is key to the change. FFLIC is asking you to help us lift up our work of dismantling systems of oppression that lead to youth incarceration by supporting us from now until the final GiveNola Day, May 4, 2021.
Now in its 8th year, GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to inspire people to give generously so that we can make our region stronger and create a thriving community for ALL.