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The New Jim Crow

Jim Crow Justice--As Usual

Van Gosse | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Van Gosse

The Ferguson travesty recreated the basic features of Jim Crow justice: there is no justice, but rather a more elaborate farce (it is Missouri in the 21st century, not Mississippi in the 20th) to justify an official killing. Plus ca change.

Call It What Is Is: White Hegemony

Trey Lyon | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Perhaps you remain unconvinced that White Hegemony exists at all. If that's you, or someone you know, please consider the following.

It's Time for 'Freedom Summer 2015'

Mary Buffett | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

We need to have a national effort to counteract what has taken place in the last decade. We need to restore the millions of names that have been purged from the voter rolls.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

Citizens United? Latinos, Blacks, Wage Earners and All of Us

Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D.

Beware the thinking that the midterms draw a lower voter turnout and that recently won seats will be up for grabs come 2016. For those remotely left of center, whatever that means anymore, who think that this day after the election was a mighty hangover, just wait.

Incarceration or Redemption?

Jim Burklo | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

We ask God to forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. One of our trespasses has been the unprecedented mass incarceration of mostly black and brown people for insufficient causes.

Enslavement's Shadow

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 11.22.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

The United States had joined the Allies to fight for freedom overseas. And yet, as Yard No. 4 so clearly demonstrated, African Americans still lacked full freedom and citizenship.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 5 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we face the rugged terrain ahead, our marching orders must be the sobering words that speak presciently from the grave of the late Coretta Scott King: "Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation."

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 4 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we witness the drug and criminal justice policies of the "greatest democracy in the world" lag behind those of an ever expanding list of other countries around the world, more and more are coming down on the right side of history.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 3 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

This move could result in the release of thousands of low-level federal inmates caught up in the drug war. For a president who, hitherto, had the most conservative pardon record in recent history (e.g. in Obama's first term, he pardoned 1 in 50 applicants, while Ronald Reagan pardoned 1 in 3), such a shift is noteworthy.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 2 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

What changes have come about since our #EndMassIncarceration petition? Well, there's been about 20 developments and victories in the way of criminal justice reform (not including changes at the state/local level), at least 6 of which that are having or will have measurable impact.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 1 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

At the core of all of this is an ignominious reality at odds with one of the nation's most (publicly) cherished ideals, and one of our Constitution's most sacred laws: the Fourteenth Amendment right to "equal protection of the laws."

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

As prophets did in the days of abolition, the anti-lynching movement, and the Civil Rights movement, modern-day leaders, like Michelle Alexander, have traversed the country shining light on the myth of equal justice in our justice system. And on Tuesday, the unlikely duo of Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul joined together to address this myth by introducing the REDEEM Act.

Matthew Cooke and Adrian Grenier: Putting People in Jail Is Not the Solution

Matthew Cooke | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Despite the facts, we're a prison-crazed society. The solution to all our problems ... put them in jail! Yet we forget what a horrible act of torture a prison is. Even for a day.

I Am My Brother's Keeper

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Today, as the father of two young women, I can tell you firsthand that while I continue to push for a society that doesn't disenfranchise them, I cannot ignore the reality that our young black men are facing unique and jarring challenges.

The Criminality of Blackness

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

I could see clearly: These strong, playful, intelligent and hilarious men would have to go back out into the world and play the roles they had adopted... to be seen, but not seen... to be safe in a world that fears them.

Drug Abuse and Our Biased Compassion

Myisha Cherry | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Decriminalization is wearing a White middle-class face while the war on drugs targets the poor, Black, and Latino communities. This is the privilege that white and middle class individuals have in relationship to drugs.

A Letter to Malcolm in Prison on the Death of Mandella

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Malcolm, we know that South Africa continues to face its own struggles and that the United States is not a post-racial society, not when with "The New Jim Crow" such a large percentage of black men are incarcerated.

Seeking Redemption: Private Prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown and All of Us

Pastor Michael McBride | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Pastor Michael McBride

As we consider how and when to allow hundreds of thousands of incarcerated individuals in this state to return home, we must ask ourselves whether we want to resemble the son or the father in this parable.

The Sinful Irony of the Prison Industrial Complex

David A. Davis | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
David A. Davis

While so many work for and preach about and campaign on ending the cycle of repeated incarceration, essential programs for rehabilitation and job preparation and learning have been systematically, intentionally, exponentially eliminated.

Calling Justice-Loving South Asians to Dismantle the Drug War, Free People and Plants, and Foster Health and Development for Millions

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

A private-prisons-backed, corporatist-police state-driven, racially-skewed "new Jim Crow" era of mass incarceration currently reigns in the U.S. The ...

Contemporary Racial Inequity: A Statement of Faith

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

It is time that our communities of faith formed partnerships to do the work of affirming and promoting our first and fifth principles -- our understanding of the inherent worth and dignity of every person and our commitment to the democratic process in our society.

The New Jim Crow: A Must-Read for Every American

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Steve Mariotti

With courage and skill, Michelle Alexander lays out the horrors of the harshly punitive drug war laws. I hope that we can add entrepreneurship education and drug decriminalization to the national debate her book is sure to stir.

Jim Crow Impacts Juries in Florida, Denying Justice for Trayvon Martin

Desmond Meade | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Desmond Meade

That disfranchisement and marginalization of returning citizens, who are stripped of their right to vote and right to serve on a jury, was involved in the verdict should outrage every Floridian and every American.

Who You Know > What You Know

Randy Miller | Posted 09.09.2013 | College
Randy Miller

Whether our children understand it or not, they each take part in a process that actually classifies individuals in various categories at an early age: categories such as leaders, thinkers, workers, deviants and entertainers. This is what we all affectionately refer to as K-12 education in America.