#RadicalReadz: Bird Uncaged by Marlon Peterson
Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song is a powerful abolitionist memoir written by Marlon Peterson, one of the founding members of Justice League NYC. His book reflects on his life being shaped by the violence in his neighborhood. At the age of nineteen, after facing immense trauma, Peterson was charged and later convicted after participating in a robbery that resulted in two murders. In the ten years he was incarcerated, he immersed himself in anti-violence activism, education, and prison abolition work.
In his book, he challenges common assumptions about justice and oppression. With vulnerability and insight, he uncovers the many cages that are created and enforced by American society, from daily community violence to the traumatic effects of poverty, masculinity, policing, and incarceration. Peterson calls for the reimagining of our society starting with the redefining of healing and justice.
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