“In the words of one noteworthy formerly incarcerated person: “We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.” Discrimination in college admissions based on past arrests or incarceration is being used as a tool to maintain white supremacist, capitalist power.  In the midst of the ongoing race and class-based War on Drugs, and the largest prison system in human history, citizens returning home after the trauma of imprisonment need access to education as much as the nation needs us to have the power to redirect our own lives.”

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