The New Jim Crow
The purpose of this page is to share information and generate movement building on the issues of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system. The goal is to end this racial-caste system coined as, The New Jim Crow. This page is inspired by the book The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander. Alexander's book has brilliantly unraveled the plan to criminalize young Black and Brown men in America and provides solutions to fight this injustice system. We recommend all who are interested in these issues to, Read and share the book. & watch Michelle Alexander speak here.
May 21, 2011 was supposed to be the end of the world, well, it was the end of the world as many of us knew it when they heard Michelle Alexander dissect the criminal "injustice" system in America and its progeny---The New Jim Crow and mass incarceration in the age of Colorblindness.
The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow. Video parts 1 - 4 seen here.
Douglas Blackmon talked about his book Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, published by Doubleday. He talked about the laws enacted between the Civil War and World War II that limited the rights of blacks. During this time, blacks who committed minor crimes were forced to do hard labor for commercial interests. That day was the 100th anniversary of the arrest of Green Cottenham, who was the central character of his book. Mr. Cottenham was sentenced to hard labor in conditions that would eventually kill him. Mr. Blackmon talked about the history of racism in America and read several passages of his book. He responded to questions from members of the audience. - CSPAN
Watch Michelle Alexander Speak at Event at Demos February 18, 2010.
Litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, argues that we have not ended racial caste in America, we have simply redesigned it: The U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary means of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. Her provocative new book challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America. As the United States celebrates the nation's triumph over race with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Event at Demos February 18, 2010. Camera, edit Joe Friendly.
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The New Orleans Police Department too often uses excessive force, conducts illegal stops and arrests, and has a pattern of discriminating on the basis of race, gender and sexual orientation, the Department of Justice said in a report on Thursday.
"For too long, the Department has been largely indifferent to widespread violations of law and policy by its officers," according to the report by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
The report outlined problems with training, recruiting, supervision and interrogation practices.
Also, check out some video interviews on the bus ride shot by Jazz.
see other video testimonies on our youtube channel.
The whole notion of the rule of law, critical to a democracy, is sabotaged when the guardians of the law — in this case the officers of the New York City Police Department — are permitted to violate the law with impunity.
The police in New York City are not just permitted, they are encouraged to trample on the rights of black and Hispanic New Yorkers by relentlessly enforcing the city’s degrading, unlawful and outright racist stop-and-frisk policy. Hundreds of thousands of wholly innocent individuals, most of them young, are routinely humiliated by the police, day in and day out, year after shameful year.
NY Times Map and Stats On NYPD, Stop and Frisk Tactics
Stop, Question and Frisk in New York Neighborhoods
New York (NYTIMES) New York City’s police force, in its fight against crime, has increasingly used a strategy known as “stop, question and frisk,” which allows officers to stop someone based on a reasonable suspicion of crime. One expert has estimated New Yorkers are stopped at twice the national rate. The impact on crime is much debated, and critics contend disproportionate stopping of minorities is a result of racial profiling, which police officials dispute.
11/12/09 - Activists travel to DC demanding justice in the case against Mumia Abu Jamal. "Still Here" Harlem Productions documents the journey from NYC. The Free Mumia Abu Jamal Coalition, Amnesty International, NAACP, and other concerned activists gather to deliver thousands of letters from all over the world in support of Mumia Abu Jamal and hopes of his release. They call on Eric Holder of the Justice Department to review Jamal's case. for more info visit freemumia.com...video produced by "Still Here" Harlem Productions...allthingsharlem.com
Leslie Crocker Snyder and Cyrus Vance Jr. participate in a Q&A with Harlem voters. New York Daily News reporter Errol Louis moderates. New York State Assemblyman Keith Wright and New York Council Member Inez Dickens also attend event hosted at Federal Building on 125th Street.
District Attorney candidate Cyrus Vance Jr. came to allthingsharlem.com / "Still Here" Harlem production studio to chat one on one with founder and CEO Joseph "Jazz" Hayden. Vance explains what he will do as D.A. for Harlem residents, particularly those who interact with NYPD and the criminal justice system.