For Black Lives Activists, Engaging in Trump’s Pardon Politics Feels Like a Deal With the Devil

"“It’s clear that this is a PR stunt,” says Malkia Cyril, executive director and co-founder of the Center for Media Justice, an Oakland-based group focused on the role of surveillance technology in incarcerating people of color. “That said, even a PR stunt can get some of our people free.”

“We have to make a decision,” she adds, “as to whether getting one or two, or three or four, or 10 people released from prison is worth boosting the reputation of a racist, misogynist, and dangerously authoritarian administration.”"