June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
This panel discussion, hosted by the Wilmette Institute, discusses how, for a half-century now, the United States has undertaken a historically unprecedented experiment with human incarceration with a system of punishment that now locks away millions of people. As most know, the members of the human family that are imprisoned in the United States usually come from the least resourced communities, and from Black and Hispanic communities. This panel discussion considers contemporary incarceration practices in the US, and how these practices might be supplanted by those who believe in the oneness of humanity, and the need to establish just relationships between all people.
Tthe panelists include Derik Smith, a professor in the Department of Literature at Claremont McKenna College in California, and his work focuses on African American literary culture, with a particular interest in poetry.
We also hear from Angel M. Solis, an undergraduate student at Columbia University who works at a program that focuses on at-risk youth at Bronx Family Court. Angel was born and raised in the Bronx and has spent ten years in state prison.
Guest Panelist Tyee Griffith is the Manager for Justice Education at the Claremont Colleges. She is a doctoral student in the Political Science and Government department at Claremont Graduate University, and adjunct faculty at Pitzer College in the Political Studies department.
And we hear from Minkah Harmer, a Baha’i honour student at Sweet Briar College in Florida.
If you’re curious to know more about the Wilmette Institute, which hosted this presentation, please visit their website: wilmetteinstitute.org
You might also be interested in these two Baha’i Blog articles that touch on the topic of prisons, incarceration, and justice:
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.