In a show of solidarity and commitment to social justice, 11 talented bakers from local restaurants and bakeries have organized a special bake sale with all proceeds going directly to Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, an organization that advocates for the ethical, positive, and humane changes in Maine’s prison system. Participating Portland businesses include Leeward, Belleville, Ugly Duckling, Tandem, Crispy Gai, Papi, Central Provisions, Wayside Tavern, and Smalls. Participating Biddeford locations include Fish & Whistle and Magnus on Water.
Closing the Gap by Uniting for Change:
Corresponding with the commemoration of June 19th, or Juneteenth, a pivotal moment in American history when the emancipation of enslaved people was proclaimed in Galveston, Texas in 1865 – more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, the bake sale’s intention is to shed light and create discussion on the racists origins and ongoing issues of mass incarceration that exist within the United States today.
While Juneteenth signifies the long-awaited freedom for Black Americans, it also is a reminder of the persistent disparities that still exist in our society today. One such disparity lies in the stark contrast between the ideals of freedom we hold dear and the harsh reality of mass incarceration and the continued criminalization of the black and brown community. The United States currently has the highest incarcerated population in the world. In this state alone, Maine’s criminal justice system disproportionately incarcerates people of color.
Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition’s Vision:
The Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition believes that genuine justice and equity requires more than just punishment; it necessitates comprehensive support and opportunities for individuals to rebuild their lives. Through their direct advocacy program, MPAC aims to address the policies and practices that perpetuate systemic inequalities within the criminal justice system. They also run a direct advocacy program designed to identify policies and practices that adversely impact imprisoned people.
The Juneteenth Bake Sale serves as a medium for amplifying the voices of those who have been impacted by mass incarceration. Your contribution will help MPAC continue their vital work in advocating for fair and equitable treatment, supporting reintegration efforts, and fostering positive change within the prison system.
The Bake Sale for a Cause:
Each bake sale box will contain a delightful assortment of 12 baked goods, crafted with care and purpose. To participate in this initiative, simply place your order online. The bake sale boxes will be available for pickup at Crispy Gai on Monday, June 19th, between 12 PM and 5 PM.