Good afternoon. My name is Lisa , the corner store owner and I am from Garden Heights. Thank you for allowing me to address this commission on the topic of mass incarceration. Working at a garden heights grocery store has taught me a lot of things. To protect myself, mind my business, and pay attention. I’ve never seen Khalil sell drugs in or near my store, but I have seen many black “thugs” do it. And the law isn’t making anything better by constantly shooting at people and endangermenting them. Personally, working at a grocery store isn’t just for anyone who wants to work there, especially in this type of environment/ neighborhood. Being close with certain people, they will rather protect you or get you in danger. Expressing my feelings for what is happening with the whole mass incarceration thing is sorrowful, and disappointing. Black people to be exact, are dying everyday for mass incarceration. The government wants war with them all because they are selling drugs at the corner or in a shop, the government wants to kill all for walking around with guns. Mass incarceration enforcement is the most damaging manifestation of the backlash against the civil rights movement. For example, jarvious cotton could not vote. He has been denied the right to participate in the electoral democracy. He couldn’t vote because he and many other black men in the US have been labeled felons. This explains a lot, the audience that is not moved by emotions should be moved by actions and words. There is evidence everywhere of mass incarceration. There are better ways to handle problems like that, not everything can be used with violence, that’s why the world isn’t getting any better. Closing this statement. With many reasons I’ve stated, how mass incarceration and the government is the problem. The government wants war with the “thugs” because they are selling drugs at the corner or in a shop. The government and police want to kill and shoot for walking around with guns. Therefore, there are many and more ways to handle that problem and that the world isn’t going to get any better. 

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