New Jim Crow Discussion Tomorrow

The New Jim CrowDon’t forget that tomorrow, we will be having our monthly business meeting at Hartford Coffee Company from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you don’t know, Hartford is located on the corner of Roger Place and Hartford, just south of Tower Grove Park.

This meeting will be partly devoted our newly re-constituted book club. For the first half hour there will be some announcements, a group survey, and a brief background (designed to include everyone) on the book: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar.

After the first 30 minutes, we will dive into a more in-depth discussion of the issues brought up by the book. Everyone will be welcome to stay as long as they like, whether or not they got a chance to read the book. If you’ve only read part of the book, please still attend as I’m sure we’ll still have a fruitful discussion around incarceration in America (I’m currently only on chapter three, so it’s unlikely I’ll finish the book before Tuesday night).

By splitting the meeting, you still have a reason to attend the meeting, even if you haven’t read the book, as we will be discussing more than the human rights issues the book raises. Even if you haven’t read the book, we would still love for you to join the discussion, especially if you have personal experience with the incarceration and criminal justice issues. Any and all perspectives are welcomed.

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