Decarcerate Plainfield (photos and video)

Last Tuesday, Keeping Youth & Streets Safe (KYSS), the People’s Organization for Progress (POP), Decarcerate NJ, and Plainfield View held its first event on mass incarceration. Below, there is video of the first four speakers: Keynote Reverend Charles F. Boyer of St. James AME Church in Somerset, KYSS Co-Founder Sabrina Lyttleton, POP Chair Stephen Hatcher, and Courtney Perales Reyes of NJ Youth for Immigrant Liberation.

Technical issues have delayed the footage of the community discussion that followed, but I’ll be sure to release much of it moving forward.


Plainfield resident Maxine Salaam speaks during the public discussion portion.


Councilwoman Rebecca Williams (right) discusses with a resident. Decarcerate NJ’s Bob Witanek stands beyond.


Keynote speaker James F. Boyer


Josh Howard, of KYSS, is interviewed by Katie Lannan of


Gloria Montealegre talks to Mayor Adrian Mapp. Councilwoman Gloria Taylor and Lieutenant Kenneth Reid can be seen beyond.


KYSS members Sydney Johnson, Janae Hemmings, and Sabrina Lyttleton


Board of Education President Wilma Campbell and a resident.


From left to right: Courtney Perales Reyes, Carlos Juarez, Bob Witanek (below), David Rutherford (above), Janae Hemmings, Sydney Johnson, and Sabrina Lyttleton


Representatives of 15 Now NJ were on hand


Third Ward Councilwoman Gloria Taylor speaks to Wilma Campbell


Stephen Hatcher of POP takes the mic


Janae Hemmings and Sydney Johnson


The front portion of the crowd before everyone arrived. Over forty people were in attendance.

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