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Press: Campaign To End The New Jim Crow

Uptown residents Larry White (left), 76, and Joseph “Jazz” Hayden (right), 70, have both spent decades in prison, and now act as prison activists. (Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana)

The Uptowner - On a quiet Friday evening, a band of grizzled but passionate prison activists wound its way through the corridors of Riverside Church, into a bright business-like meeting room. On the agenda this night: the launching of a campaign to end what they call the “New Jim Crow.”

“We do this and we live this 24/7, all day every day,” said Joseph “Jazz” Hayden, a 70-year-old organizer and activist who had been in prison for 20 years. “But others don’t necessarily know what we’re doing, or know much about the issues we’re dealing with.”

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