There are over 10 million children and young adults in the United States who are affected by parental incarceration. it is evident that mass incarceration is a problem in this country. And now some of the true victims of those policies are getting a voice through WE GOT US NOW. This organization aims to help those children through the use of digital narratives and advocacy led campaigns to ensure they are heard. And it is getting a lot of love and support from the entertainment industry. On Ava DuVernay’s site for her new Netflix series When They See Us, they are listed as one of the top groups in America taking action against mass incarceration.
This initiative is led by filmmaker, Ebony Underwood, who is passionate about this cause, because her father has been unjustly locked up for nearly 30 years. Nas referenced her father’s case on DJ Khaled’s new Father of Asahd album:
Free Bill UnderwoodNas (DJ Khaled – Won’t Take My Soul ft. Nas, CeeLo Green)
Morris Levy was free, grabbin’ dough
Status quo straight from the barrios
WE GOT US NOW engages in strategic initiatives to help to keep families connected, create fair sentencing and most importantly end mass incarceration. Which is why they have created a local initiative using the hashtag #KeepFamiliesConnected. It is a 5-week campaign from Mother’s Day weekend through Father’s Day to amplify 3 pending NYS VISIT bills that will help to keep children better connected to their incarcerated parents.
Learn more about WE GOT US NOW here to find out how you can support this great cause. Join their cause in amplifying the last leg of their cause via social media and phone calls before the end of the session on June 19th.