Hero’s name: James Mackey
Home city: Boston
Organization affiliation: #StuckOnReplay
How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world?
“James Mackey is an activist, motivational speaker, community organizer, member of the YouthBuild USA National Alumni Council and founder of a grassroots movement called #StuckOnReplay.
The mission of #StuckOnReplay is to elevate the voices and lift up the communities most affected by mass incarceration. #StuckOnReplay does this by holding community forums and civic leadership events to change public policy.
James started #StuckOnReplay after seeing firsthand that the criminal justice system has too many members of low-income communities on parole, in jail or in prisons. People were “Stuck On Replay!”
Through #StuckOnReplay, James hosts public events where he gives community members most affected by mass incarceration a forum to tell their stories and share ideas about how we can improve our criminal justice system.
He recently organized ‘#StuckOnReplay Presents: AmendXlll,’ where over 60 passionate participants created a 10-step action plan to [change] the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment, which allows slavery for prisoners.
James is extremely passionate about community organizing and striving to make true social justice a reality. He is devoted to youth engagement, mentoring and advocating for allocating resource and opportunities to those who need it the most.
Ultimately, James dedicates his work to empowering others around him.”
Honored by: Alicia McKinney of YouthBuild
Note: This profile is part of Equal Voice News’ special Cesar Chavez Day Community Heroes edition. These submissions were edited for clarity.