The New Jim Crow Community Read
Mass incarceration is one of the country’s most urgent and devastating social crises. In 2016, the Multicultural Resource Center brought together over 30 community organizations across Tompkins County to build local resistance to this epidemic.
Between September 2016 and May 2017, over 700 community members joined a Community Read of Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The project distributed 2,000 copies of the book, coordinated over 35 book groups, and held over a dozen public events, including a monthly lecture for each chapter of the book.
WRFI Community Radio was on hand to document these monthly public discussions. Listen to them on WRFI 88.1 Ithaca, 91.9 Watkins Glen the following Saturdays at 3pm and find them archived here at wrfi.org:
September 9 (repeating 7am, Tuesday September 19)
Chapter 1: From Chains to Prison Bars
with Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell
Chapter 2: Roundup, Locked Up: What’s the Point of Knowing Your Rights?
with Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick & Edwin Santiago
Chapter 3: The Color of Justice
Lecture and performance with Dr. Nia Nunn
Chapter 4: Felons Need Not Apply A simulation exercise
with Ultimate ReEntry Opportunity
Chapter 6: Dismantling the Master’s House
Public discussion facilitated by Black Lives Matter Ithaca
Taking Action to End the New Jim Crow: Addressing Mass Incarceration Locally
with the Multicultural Resource Center.
*The event for Chapter 5: Make America Safe Again was an interactive performance presented by the Civic Ensemble’s ReEntry Theater. Due to the nature of the event, it cannot be effectively broadcast.
Confront mass incarceration at multiculturalresourcecenter.org/bookread
Donate your copy of the book to an incarcerated person at prisonerexpress.org/newjimcrow
Photo: Joe Brusky - Overpass Light Brigade in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Flickr