On April 15, 2015 YAL Rutgers took on Incarceration Nation at the heart of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.
Along with tabling, our members reached out to passing students educating them on our country's current injustice system. We started off asking students if they were criminals and they initially responded no. After taking the quiz that asked if they had ever drank alcohol under the age of 21 or smoked marijuana, many students were amused to find out they were in fact considered criminals according to our justice system.
This prompted many to come and sign our petition as many believed it was unjust to incarcerate people for nonviolent crimes.
Also, many students were eager to stop and take their mug shots with the prison bars our President, Matt Boyer, put together.
We made sure to include the current incarceration rates and statistics in our signs to spread awareness. Many students did not know that the U.S has the highest prison population and it costs $29,000 a year to house each of them.
Our members also made sure to pass out flyers asking students to come to our next meeting where we would be screening America's Longest War, a documentary of the United States' war on drugs. Our movie night had a great turn out, we had many new interested members show up and were able to educate our members along with having drinks and pizza.