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: February 13
DISMANTLING THE MASTER'S HOUSE
Monday, February 13, 2016 | 5:30 - 7:00pm | BJM Gym, 302 west Buffalo st, Ithaca NY
Hosted by Black Lives Matter Ithaca. The theme "Dismantling the Master's House" corresponds with the Sixth and Final Chapter of The New Jim Crow. This is the sixth of six monthly events related to themes in each chapter.
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 April 2017. There are two main parts:
- 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 April 2017.
- 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.
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!
FULL EVENT SCHEDULE September 2016 - April 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 The Returning Citizens Welcome 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
APRIL 17TH | 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.
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
Kick Off Event Poster PDF (9 MB)
Kick Off Event Poster (3 MB)
Kick Off Event Poster (474 KB)
Monthly Events Poster PDF (16 MB)
Monthly Events Poster (6 MB)
Bookmark Single (1 MB)
Bookmark Sheet PDF (5 MB)
Bookmark Sheet (4 MB)
Use these files if you want to design a poster for your own book group.
Book (1 MB)
Book-Stripes-Rays (2 MB)
Title-Book (2 MB)
Title-Book-Michelle (3 MB)
Email Reed: bookread [at] multiculturalresourcecenter [dot] org