Marlon Peterson: Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform
Marlon Piterson (Marlon Peterson): Zar ja nisam čovek? Poziv na reformu kriminalnog pravosuđa
Marlon Peterson is a writer, youth development expert and human justice advocate. Full bio
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I will tell everyone
po imenu Marlon Piterson.“
way to open a talk
da započnem govor
going through your head about that.
motaju po glavi o tome.
tako nešto o sebi?
such a thing about himself?
when he sees himself as garbage?
kad on sebe vidi kao smeće?
nego od odgovora.
than we do from answers.
some sort of new information,
that makes us feel uncomfortable.
zbog kojeg se osećamo neprijatno.
to the only acoustic instrument
i jedinom akustičnom istrumentu
of one of the ghettos in Trinidad,
jednog od getoa u Trinidadu,
of the American military ...
imala vojne baze u Trinidadu,
military bases set up in Trinidad,
with empty oil drums --
krcatog praznim kantama od ulja -
repurposed the old drums left behind
preradili te stare kante
to Bob Marley to 50 Cent,
do Boba Marlija i 50 Senta,
music out of garbage.
muziku od smeća.
in a violent robbery attempt
u nasilnom pokušaju pljačke
in a coffee shop,
of Trinidad and Tobago.
and millions of Americans easily malign.
i milioni Amerikanaca olako kleveću.
and seven days of a prison sentence.
dva meseca i sedam dana zatvorske kazne.
in a correctional institution.
u popravnoj instituciji.
that a series of letters redeemed me,
mnoga pisma su me iskupila,
the darkness and the guilt
moment of my young life.
mog mladog života.
when I read those words.
dok sam čitao te reči.
a mentoring correspondence program
tokom mentorskog programa prepiske
at a middle school in Brooklyn,
u osnovnoj školi u Bruklinu,
shared their stories with me,
podelili svoje priče sa mnom,
of their favorite cartoon character
svog omiljenog crtanog lika
on my letters or my words of advice,
od mojih pisama ili mojih saveta,
I could contribute to this planet.
da mogu doprineti planeti.
and what they shared with me,
i onoga što su delili sa mnom,
to admit to myself
for that fateful day in October of 1999;
za taj kobni dan oktobra 1999. godine;
with living in a community
to get than sneakers;
raped at gunpoint at the age of 14;
pod nišanom sa 14 godina;
mattered so much to me,
toliko mnogo značila,
with those folks
with some friends of mine
s nekim svojim prijateljima
with the young people as well,
of relevancy in return.
and youth program innovators
inovatori programa za mlade,
return of investment.
pozitivnim povratkom investicije.
taught me was that when we sow,
naučilo me da kad posejemo seme,
of people no matter where they're at,
gde god se nalaze,
of criminal justice reform,
reforme kriminalne pravde,
of nonviolent drug offenses
za nenasilne prestupe sa drogom
je ljudska pravda.
that amplify the relevancy of people
koja povećavaju značaj ljudi
društva koja želimo.
the communities that we want.
in law enforcement as a resource,
u primenu zakona kao sredstva,
a sense of relevancy
do so many harmful things
rade mnogo štetnih stvari
je samo vidni izraz skrivenih trauma.
display of a lot of underlying traumas.
value of relevancy,
značajnosti koja iskupljuje,
personal responsibility and healing.
i lične odgovornosti i ozdravljenja.
to do the hard work,
zbog oružanog nasilja.
while walking home.
dok se vraćao kući.
while eating breakfast,
the redemptive value of relevancy
iskupljujuću vrednost značajnosti
of seeing the value in me.
da bi video vrednost u meni.
our own capacity
izabrati da ne vidimo,
easily choose not to see,
to be recognized,
ABOUT THE SPEAKERMarlon Peterson - Human justice advocate
Marlon Peterson is a writer, youth development expert and human justice advocate.
Why you should listen
Marlon Peterson is the host of the podcast, Decarcerated, which highlights the journeys of resilience, redemption and success of formerly incarcerated people.
Since his release from prison in 2009, after serving 10 years, Peterson has spearheaded the creation of two youth development programs in New York City, How Our Lives Link Altogether (H.O.L.L.A!) and Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO SOS). With a focus on gun violence prevention and youth advocacy, both programs have provided programming for hundreds of young people.
In 2015 Peterson left his full-time work in the nonprofit sector to create The Precedential Group, a social justice consultancy that works to address the trauma revolving around the intersections of race, gender, violence, police violence and community violence. His work through the Precedential Group has allowed him to provide support for organizations throughout the United States and Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.
As a writer, advocate, program developer and public speaker Peterson has been recognized as a Soros Justice Fellow, Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, Ebony Magazine Power 100 Honoree and TED Resident. His writings have appeared and been cited in The Nation, Gawker, The Atlantic, Huff Post, Black Press USA, Ebony and the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian. He has contributed to Kiese Laymon's aaward-winning novel, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and Love Lives Here, Too by former New York Times columnist, Sheila Rule.
Peterson is Brooklyn born and bred with a Trinidadian heart. He is a graduate of New York University and is currently working on his first Pulitzer, a memoir.
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