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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.  

Entries in riverside church (6)

Angela Davis Speaks on the New Jim Crow & Mass Incarceration in Harlem

Winding down a 4 day memorial to Manning Marable at Riverside Church in Harlem, Angela Davis gave a presentation on Stop & Frisk, the School to Prison pipeline, and racism in the criminal justice system.

Organizing to Reform the NYPD Forum - Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)

Video From the Conference - December 1, 2011

Robert Gangi, long time Director of the Correctional Association, has formed a new organization called PROP, Police Reform Organizing Project, which is seeking radical reform of police practice-- specifically practice such as Stop/Frisk and its racialized practice in poor communities of color.

King Downing is a lawyer, public speaker, community organizer, activist, and a member of the Campaign to end the New Jim Crow (CENJC), which co-sponsored the conference. "Racial Profiling is a deliberate policy". "Stop and frisk is a diversion" to distract us from corporate crime.

Brother Shepp, of the New Black Panther Party, a community organizer and activist asked the panel at the PROP Conference held at Riverside Church on December 1, 2011 addressed the question of reform v. radical change in police community relations. Shepp called for community control. It was a novel idea to some of the panelist.

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Friends Of Justice: The growing campaign to end the New Jim Crow

Alan Bean and Melanie Wilmoth

Just a few nights ago, activists, former prisoners, and concerned citizens gathered at Riverside Church in New York to discuss mass incarceration and the criminal justice system. These individuals are launching a campaign built around the ideas expressed by Michelle Alexander in her book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Especially concerned with the effect our broken justice system has on people of color, these organizers are advocating for a complete transformation of our system of mass incarceration. MW

I met Jazz Hayden at a conference in Chicago a while back and have been following his work ever since.  Pockets of resistance to the New Jim Crow are popping up across the country and Jazz is at the forefront of this movement.  AGB

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United in The Fight Against The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander with New York Advocates 

May 21, 2011 - Michelle Alexander along with VOCAL-NY, Mission and Social Justice Ministry of the Riverside Church, The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow and Drug Policy Alliance joined together to hold a press conference outside of Riverside Church in Harlem, NY.

The press conference was calling for parolee voting rights and an end to illegal marijuana arrests that have targeted people of color.

Senior Minister of Riverside Church, Rev. Stephen H. Phelps strongly endorsed the Campaign To End The New Jim Crow.

Press conference calling for parolee voting rights and an end to illegal marijuana arrests that have targeted people of color.

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Retired Police Officer Gets Choked Up Reflecting On The Injustices of the War On Drugs 

May 21, 2011 - "I think about all those things I did throughout the years that I'm not proud of today," stated Major Neil Franklin, a retired Police Officer, and Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Drug Prohibition (LEAP). Franklin got a little choked up when reflecting on the negative results fighting the Drug War had on communities of color.

Franklin was a panelist at an event at the historic riverside church in Harlem, put on by the Riverside Church Prison Ministry and The Campaign to End The New Jim Crow. The event featured keynote speaker, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

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View the entire panel discussion below. Filmed by Joe Friendly, checkout his youtube channel for other interesting videos.

Michelle Alexander Speaks At Riverside Church, in Harlem

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.

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