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The New Jim Crow book common read #princegeorges

January 7, 2013

(Note: Updated – only a small group will be participating & no call-in will be available – do listen after Jan. 20, though, and on a weekly basis starting Jan. 13. Apologies to subscribers for so many updates.)

Eight weekly one-hour episodes on the internet
Debuting Sunday, January 13 (Note: This web site currently has a previous radio show listed on there but will be replaced by this new one.)

The common read for the UUA this year is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. She asserts that by targeting black men in the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principal of colorblindness. “We have not ended racial caste in America,” Alexander says. “We have merely redesigned it.”

Over the course of eight weeks, join Davies Memorial UU Church members, friends, and others in the Baltimore-Washington area as we read and reflect together on what it means to have the first African American president beginning his second term while millions of other African Americans are relegated to permanent second-class status through the prison industrial complex.

January 13: Introduction/Overview
January 20: Chapter 1-Rebirth of Caste
January 27: Chapter 2-The Lockdown
Davies Memorial UU Church will host Chap. 1-Rebirth of Caste on January 20. You can listen in at on or after Jan. 20 when it is posted.

You can also read a review of the UUA’s General Assembly program in 2012 and/or watch the video here, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration and Institutional Racism.

There is a Common Read lab on Facebook where you can join in an online discussion.

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