“If New York University truly wishes to share its resources with the community and promote social justice, then we must “Abolish the Box”. This question does nothing to make our campus “safer”; rather, it reflects an institutional culture that is obsessed with punishment. As our country suffers from staggering economic inequality, widespread racial injustices, and unprecedented rates of incarceration, the box perpetuates these forms of oppression. All the while, too many voices, identities, and lived experiences have been absent from the NYU community. Abolishing the Box can help to transform NYU, as well as the lives of so many people who have been impacted by the punishment system.”

 

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