Today Shaun wants to teach you what may be his most important lesson on how we can actually abolish the systems and structures of mass incarceration and police brutality. We often fail in these attempts, because we don't actually know what we're tearing down. It's not one system. And we are choosing to believe that's good news. It's 30,000 microsystems. Let us explain.
America’s justice system, what Shaun and many others have taken to calling the legal system since justice is rarely achieved, is not one system.
Thousands of policies, laws and people make up these systems, which means thousands of policies, laws and people must be changed in order to reinvent these systems. When plans to tear them down are formed, this fact is essential to understand. It can be daunting to take on the task of reforming this way, of taking these unjust systems apart piece by piece. Yet it can also be liberating because it means everyday voters hold the power.
In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down the immense power voters hold in the smaller, unnoticed local elections and how we can use them to reform the most influential government systems in America.