Webinar Sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center
(This is not sponsored by CCT. The invitation is shared for those you might be interested.)
We’ll be having a live conversation with Michelle Alexander, author of the widely acclaimed book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Please join us Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. EDT for a free webinar with the highly acclaimed author and civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander.
The New Jim Crow is one of the most important – and eye-opening – books written in recent years.
It traces racial bias in our criminal justice system to a “law-and-order” and “get-tough” movement that originated with former segregationists in the wake of the civil rights movement.
Since then, we’ve seen a seven-fold increase in the number of prisoners in the U.S. Today, we have the world’s largest prison population and the highest per-capita incarceration rate – some five to 10 times higher than other Western democracies. And it’s tearing apart our most vulnerable communities – helping perpetuate a cycle of poverty and hopelessness.
But this unprecedented increase in incarceration bears no relationship to crime rates.
We believe this book is so important that we’ll soon be releasing a teacher’s guide to be used with book excerpts in schools throughout the country.
As Ms. Alexander put it: “They [students] have the power to change the system. It’s easy to imagine that a system like mass incarceration can’t be dismantled. The same was said about slavery, the same was said about Jim Crow.”
As you know, we’re working hard to reform counterproductive school discipline and juvenile justice systems in the Deep South that do little more than feed children into adult prisons. And we’re also fighting the private prison industry – which earns more profits when more people are sent to prison.
I hope you can join us at 7 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday as we explore this important issue with Michelle Alexander.
And please do everything you can do to promote justice and equality in your community.
Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center