Joins us for our Final event: Taking Action to end the new jim crow

May 1st, 5:30pm - 7:30pm | BJM Gym

Hosted by The Community Read Planning Group, "Taking Action to End the New Jim Crow" is the final event of the community read, and the eighth event in the community read series. The event runs for 2 hours. Childcare and dinner are provided.


Community Book Read: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Since March, the community read has brought together a table of over 30 community organizations who have developed a plan to study and ultimately take action to locally confront mass incarceration, one of the United States’ most urgent and devastating social crises.

There will be free films and 8 free community events based on chapter themes and what we can do locally to end injustice; those events are open to everyone, whether you read the book or not. Childcare and a free, light dinner are provided at each event. Groups are also organizing to read and discuss a chapter a month starting in September or October.

The Community Read is distributing FREE COPIES of The New Jim Crow. Pick up yours at the MRC office at 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca NY.

Questions? Email bookread [at] multiculturalresourcecenter [dot] org


MISS AN EVENT? VIDEOS OF THE SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE.

September 19th Kick Off  video credit: Jurden Alexander

November 14th: RoundUp, Locked Up: What's the Point of Knowing Your Rights? video credit: Eric Chen

 

FREE COPIES OF THE NEW JIM CROW ARE NOW AVAILABLE

500 copies of the New Jim Crow are now available for pick up at the Multicultural Resource Center at 615 Willow Ave.

Please feel free to stop by to pick up a copy during business hours, 9am - 5pm on weekdays.


Next Event: May 1st

Taking Action to end the new jim crow

Monday, May 1, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30pm | BJM Gym, 302 west Buffalo st, Ithaca NY

Hosted by The Community Read Planning Group. "Taking Action to End the New Jim Crow" is the final event of the community read, and the eighth event in the community read series. The event runs for 2 hours. Childcare and dinner are provided.

What Is THE NEW JIM CROW?

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander, is the definitive academic/legal account of the contemporary system of mass incarceration. In Alexander’s words, mass incarceration is a “stunningly comprehensive and well disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.”

Jim Crow was the system of legalized segregation, discrimination and violence that operated from the late 1800’s Reconstruction Period to the mid 1960’s Civil Rights Era and has largely faded from public consciousness. Alexander’s book demonstrates how, in the current era of colorblindness, mass incarceration constitutes a New Jim Crow, creating a racialized second class citizenry around the label “criminal.”

Mass incarceration, like earlier systems of racial control (slavery and Jim Crow), will only change as the result of mass social movements for racial justice.

THE COMMUNITY BOOK READ

The Book Read project lasts from September 2016 to May 2017. There are two main parts:

  1. Free films and 8 free community events based on chapter themes and actions we can take locally to end injustice. These events are open to everyone, whether you read the book or not. Childcare and a free, light dinner are provided at each event. The Kick Off Event is on September 19, 2016 at the Green Star Space and the last event is in May 2017.
  2. Book Groups, for your friends, your organization or your business. Groups are organizing to read and discuss a chapter a month starting in September or October. The planning committee is hosting a training on September 10th for people interested in facilitating book groups. 

The book read is also offering free copies of The New Jim Crow (including an e-book option) for folks in book groups and for members of the public.     

GET INVOLVED!

Want to join a book group? Want to facilitate a book group? Want to to attend a public discussion or learn about special event like film screenings? Use the form below to sign up!

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UPCOMING EVENTS


FULL EVENT SCHEDULE   September 2016 - May 2017

 

FROM CHAINS TO PRISON BARS          

OCTOBER 17TH | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | GIAC

Hosted by Sean Eversley-Bradwell, Corresponds with NJC Introduction and Chapter 1

 

ROUNDUP, LOCKED UP: WHAT’S THE POINT OF KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS  

NOVEMBER 14TH  6:00PM - 7:30PM | bjm gym                         

Hosted by Edwin Santiago, Mentor, Ultimate Re-Entry Opportunity Program, and Svante Myrick, Mayor, City of Ithaca. Corresponds with NJC Chapter 2                                                            

 

THE COLOR OF JUSTICE  

DECEMBER 12 5:30pm - 7:00PM | BJM Gym                                

Hosted by Dr. Nia Nunn, Department of Education, Ithaca College. Corresponds with NJC Chapter

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAy: FELONS NEED NOT APPLY

JANUARY 16TH | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | BJM Gym                                          

Hosted by Ultimate ReEntry Opportunity Development Group. Corresponds with NJC Chapter 4

 

MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN  

FEBRUARY 13 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | BJM Gym                                 

Hosted by Civic Ensemble, ReEntry Theater. Corresponds with NJC Chapter 5

 

DISMANTLING THE MASTER’S HOUSE

MARCH 13 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | BJM Gym                                    

Hosted by Black Lives Matter Ithaca. Corresponds with NJC Chapter 6

 

WHAT NEXT? TAKING ACTION TO END THE NEW JIM CROW

May 1st | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | BJM Gym  

A community conversation to discuss and initiate next steps for addressing mass incarceration locally.

MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMEMORATIVE LECTURE February 21st, 6pm State Theater 

Dawn Porter, award winning filmmaker and director of an upcoming documentary about The New Jim Crow and mass incarceration will speak on February 21, 2017 at 6:00pm at the State Theater of Ithaca for Cornell's annual MLK Commemorative Lecture. 

Porter's Film, Gideon's Army, which won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award, the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award, and was nominated for an Emmy and an Independent Spirit Award, will be screened on February 18th at 2pm, at Cinemapolis.

While Michelle Alexander, author of the The New Jim Crow, was forced to cancel her scheduled appearance for the MLK Commemorative Lecture, we are very excited to host Dawn Porter, whose work explores the topics raised in Michelle Alexander's work.       

FILM SERIES

TOMPKINS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FILM SERIES        101 East Green Street, Ithaca, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Slavery By Another Name | Nov 17, 2016

Broken On All Sides | Dec 6, 2016

The House I Live In | Jan 26, 2017

The Central Park Five | MARCH 1St, 2017

 

AFRICANA LIBRARY FILM SERIES AT LIFELONG

119 West Court Street, Ithaca, 5:30pm

The House I Live In (Part One) | Sept 13th

The House I Live In (Part Two) | Oct 18th

Bill Moyers Journal: Economic Justice for All? | Nov 29th

Fruitvale Station | Dec 20th

 

THE HISTORY CENTER

401 East State Street, 5:30pm 

Angela Davis Lecture: Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex | Nov 1

Serving Life | Dec 7


ORGANIZING RESOURCES



Why does the United States — which represents 5% of world population — hold 20% of the world’s prison population?
Why do black people and Latin@s make up 58% of the incarcerated population in the U.S., when these groups make up only 25% of the U.S. population?
Why do black people represent 38% of those arrested and 59% of those incarcerated (in state prisons) for drug offenses, when this group represent only 12% of drug users in the U.S.?


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TO COSPONSOR: 

Email Reed: bookread [at] multiculturalresourcecenter [dot] org

MANY THANKS TO OUR COMMUNITY SPONSORS: 

MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER, ACTION (ACTIVISTS COMMITTED TO INTERRUPTING OPPRESSION NOW), DIVERSITY CONSORTIUM OF TOMPKINS COUNTY, CIVIC ENSEMBLE, THE CITY OF ITHACA, GREATER ITHACA ACTIVITIES CENTER (GIAC), SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER, TOMPKINS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, AFRICANA LIBRARY (CORNELL UNIVERSITY), CU PUBLIC SERVICE CENTER, COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF TOMPKINS COUNTY, PARK FOUNDATION. TST BOCES, DORTHY COTTON INSTITUTE,  ITHACA COLLEGE, DURLAND ALTERNATIVES LIBRARY, CATHOLIC CHARITIES TOMPKINS/TIOGA, TC3, GREENSTAR, ECO-DEFENSE RADIO, ¡CULTURA! ITHACA, LATINA/O STUDIES PROGRAM (CORNELL UNIVERSITY), SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE (SURJ) ITHACA, THE VILLAGE AT ITHACA, KENDAL AT ITHACA, NATURAL LEADERS INITIATIVE, TOMPKINS COUNTY, GROUNDSWELL, COLLEGETOWN BAGELS, AFCU, HISTORY CENTER, TEMPLE TIKKUN V'OR, Building Bridges, Tompkins COunty Workers' Center, Ithaca First Unitarian Society, Ithaca City School District, First Baptist Church