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Panel / Forum
End Mass Imprisonment!---Families and Activists Speak Out Against the New Jim Crow!
July 29 (Sunday),
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 19th and Madison , Seattle
Mt Zion Social Justice Group, No New Jim Crow in Seattle Campaign
Panel Discussion and audience participation! Focusing on ending "The New Jim Crow", based on Michelle Alexander's book " The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in
the Age of Colorblindness.
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Michelle Alexander?s 'The New Jim Crow' shows how the war on drugs that began in the early 1980s has led to a system that incarcerates more people than any other country in the world--imprisoning a hugely disproportionate number of African American men. In prison, people work for extremely low wages and incur debts. When they are released -- they cannot vote, cannot live in federally subsidized housing, and have to check the box on most job applications. This discrimination in respect to voting rights, housing, and employment has recreated a system too much like the Jim Crow system in America before the Civil Rights Movement.
Over the past year we've witnessed a surge of police and vigilante violence against African Americans in the United States. In Seattle, a federal civil rights investigation over a two year period uncovered that officers committed civil rights violations in one out of every five incidents in which officers used force, and the regular use of excessive force and discrimination against minority communities. These include the police abuses of Josh Lawson, Christopher Franklin, Terry Jefferson, Martin Monetti Jr., Daniel Maceo Saunders, Angel Rosenthal, D'Vontaveous Hoston and Christopher Harris--in addition to the police murder of John Williams. Now, the City of Seattle also wants to build a new Juvenile Detention Center.
At the forefront of this growing movement are the families of the victims of discrimination who are bravely taking a stand for justice and fighting for a world where these atrocities are a thing of the past. This event brings together families and activists standing up to racial profiling, brutality and mass incarceration in Seattle.
James Bible, Seattle King County NAACP
Maria Guillen, POCcupy/Decolonize Seattle and Hip Hop Occupies
Jesse Hagopian, Contributing author to Education and Capitalism and Garfield High School teacher. Jesse is a founding member of the progressive union caucus Social Equality Educators.
Tim Harris, Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project
Elaine Simons, Executive Director & Co-founder of Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (with homeless youth testimonials to be confirmed)
...AND MORE. ** FOLLOWED BY AN OPEN MIC FOR PERSONAL TESTIMONIALS**
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