Join people of faith from communities around Massachusetts to end mass incarceration on Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, in Arlington Center.

At 9:30 a.m., people are invited to view "The House I Live In," a comprehensive view of the failed War on Drugs, or a short video of Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." Several formerly incarcerated people will speak at the workshop.

The United States is just 5 percent of world population, yet we incarcerate 25 percent of the world's inmates, higher than any other country. Most casualties from the ill-fated War on Drugs are poor, and likely black or brown. Join us to take action to end the worst injustice of our time.

The workshop will help people build practical skills for bringing congregations and communities into the Jobs Not Jails Campaign and the broader movement against mass incarceration. Jobs Not Jails is a statewide coalition to stop construction of new jails in Massachusetts, and redirect the money toward job creation. Attendees will be encouraged to collect signatures on petitions and to attend a massive rally on the Boston Common on Saturday, April 26. More information at http://jobsnotjails.org/jnj/?p=179

Pre-register by emailing end-mass-incarceration@firstparish.



info. People are invited to come for any segment of the workshop and leave at any time.

The suggested donation for lunch is $10, but don't stay away if that is a difficulty. Parking is available on Massachusetts Avenue, opposite the church, in municipal lots. The event is sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Mass Action and the Mass Incarceration Working Group of First Parish Arlington.

SUSAN TORDELLA

Ayer