Spread Mass LOVE

A dialogue, a movement, a commitment to radical love in the era of mass incarceration
Spread Mass LOVE has written 12 posts for #SpreadMassLOVE

Radical Love.

 by Isaac Lomax, 17   Radical love. A young black male, age 17, College-bound. And yet, I’m still expected to fall within the confines of society. Stereotypes serve as the crux of my existence as I struggle to survive in this world. Loving myself wasn’t something that I was expected to do, and somehow I gained … Continue reading

Kalief Browder’s Death Was a Homicide…and We Are All Guilty

Instead of searching for the one officer, or one jail that should be reformed, we need to admit that his nation’s collective blood thirst for vengeance and punishment is the real culprit. Kalief’s death was not a suicide, but a homicide by committee. You are on that committee. Your silence is your vote. What should be the conditions of your confinement? Are you ready to miss your prom? Continue reading

Part 2: Interview with Chamika and Khalil Cumberbatch: Our Love Beat the System

Part 2 of our interview Khalil and Chamika Cumberbatch. Read Part 1. Chamika: No, we were divorced…I pretty much kept tabs on him through a girl that was working in the prison. I found out that he was coming home, and I started looking him up on the Internet trying to find out where he … Continue reading

Part 1: An Interview with Chamika and Khalil Cumberbatch: Our Love Beat The System

We wrap up Mass Love month with a two part interview with our friends Khalil and Chamika Cumberbatch. We visited their home in Queens and got to hear their inspiring love story over dinner and lots of laughs.  They completely embody the vision of #SpreadMassLove: that love is a radical act that can heal, transform, and … Continue reading

Teresa’s Story: Love, Marriage, and Incarceration

My husband and I were together for seventeen years, there were always issues, as all couples face, especially that we started our relationship at a very young age. However, I believe that the irreversible things started occurring when my then boyfriend got arrested while I was six months pregnant of our son. I had no … Continue reading

An Interview with Loretta Owens: Coming of Age With A Parent in Prison

I met Loretta when she was a student in my NYU class where students design and facilitate an arts program for incarcerated youth. While in my class, she welcomed her father home from prison after 18 years.  I interviewed her for SpreadMassLOVE.com -Piper How have you been impacted by mass incarceration?  When I was 2 … Continue reading

An Ode to Claudia Moya: My First True Love

The year was 1993. Carlito’s Way was our favorite movie. We saw it at least 10 times. We knew the lines of our favorite scenes by heart; Claudia would play Gail, and I Carlito. She was fond of the scene where Gail confronts Carlito as to why he dumped her. Claudia was a romantic – … Continue reading

Part 2: Giving Our Loved Ones Space To Come Home

Part Two Before her arrest, my sister and I weren’t the closest. We’ve gone years without speaking. Our love for each other was and still is doubtless, but we lead separate lives in separate spaces and this alone created a wedge in our bond. Now, I find myself unsure of what to say when writing … Continue reading

Giving Our Loved Ones Space To Come Home

Part One I haven’t spoken to my father in over four years. I haven’t spoken to my sister in nearly one. She won’t return any of my letters and he won’t return any of my calls. Sometimes I blame them. Most times I blame the Prison Industrial Complex. But lately I’ve been blaming myself for … Continue reading

An Interview with Glenn Martin: From Love of Money to Love of Justice

In between a barrage of emails from his JustLeadershipUSA team and a dizzying pace of faxes, Glenn Martin sat down with Marlon Peterson to discuss Glenn’s complex journey of love from a stick-up kid in Brooklyn to a father and advocate whose goal is to reduce America’s prison population by 2030. Here is an excerpt … Continue reading