Dear FLY Family, Throughout my personal crusade for justice (and my journey into adulthood, too), I’ve often had to remind myself of this very famous quote by one of the great thinkers of all time. It is how I have allowed my rage and my passion for this work to fuel my efforts without feeling like I have to apologize for it—for being an “angry black man.” To that end, I am sharing it with you all in hopes that it helps you find some validation in your feelings, whether they may be a sense of sadness, frustration—or rage. Speaking as an angry
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Incarcerating youth comes at an enormous cost—an average of about $285,000 per year per incarcerated youth in California in 2019, with numbers much higher here in the Bay Area. FLY has played an important role in community-wide efforts to reduce the number of youth incarcerated and its costly impact on taxpayers. Youth incarceration is supposed to be about rehabilitation, but research and our experience shows that incarcerating kids just makes things worse, and the costs are much more than economic. For example, two out of three youth who have been incarcerated don’t return to school after their release. Being locked