It Is Time for a New Civil Rights Movement | Adam Foss | TEDxNatick

Attorney Adam Foss thinks big. “It is time for a new civil rights movement,” he says. Waiting for the next “Rosa Parks” or next “Malcolm X” is not productive. Instead, he tells listeners to “stop waiting,” because our “new leaders are in this room. Each one of you can do something.”

Adam is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County Office (Boston). The “Root” named him one of the 100 most influential black Americans of 2016. In 2015 he was recognized among the 40 most up-and-coming lawyers in the U.S. by National Law Journal. In 2013 the Massachusetts Bar Association voted Adam Prosecutor of the Year. Adam is a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration.

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11 thoughts on “It Is Time for a New Civil Rights Movement | Adam Foss | TEDxNatick”

  1. Anytime you get caught up in this justice system it is a lifetime sentence, no matter what the case is/was. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring true video/lecture.

  2. Old school revolution bro off with their heads starting with "poofter 1" followed by poofter republican no 2,3,4,etc and its deplorable motley crew

  3. Yes – it is time for a civil rights movement. Prisons are deplorable. The business of prison is unconscionable. Thanks Mr. Foss for your passion and conviction. We need more courageous and group minded people like you, advocates who will speak up for those who cannot.

  4. Excellent! Adam Opened my thoughts for the change. This was what my class talked about. We do need to change. The Civil Rights Bill did some things, going back from 1886 to 1966, there was change but, that still did create the freedom we expected. Now there is a new form of suppression. We all need to help our selves and our childrens children.

  5. Great speech! Totally agree that volunteers who read books to African American kids may change lives! But he also needs to talk to the African American audience, to all those young and soon-to-be parents about the importance of reading books to their own children.

  6. I like his mission, but I just can't buy that someone who robs a woman of her purse is a non-violent person. It's not fair that he's had a long time to change, but is still rotting away in prison, but I think he did deserve to be there in the first place.

  7. He should do himself a favor and avoid using BLM talking points on this. Those have been debunked way too many times.

    His solution does sound good, though.

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