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.
FROM COMMUNITY READ TO COMMUNITY ACTION
Since March 2016, the Multicultural Resource Center has convened a table of 30+ community organizations which developed a plan to study Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and ultimately take action to locally confront mass incarceration, one of the United States’ most urgent and devastating social crises. Over the course of 2016 and 2017, we held eight community events focused on capters of The New Jim Crow. Through these events, we engaged over 800 unique participants. Our effort also supported 35 book groups, 10 films and other community events, and distributed 2,000 copies of The New Jim Crow.
Special thanks to funders: The PARK Foundation, Community Foundation, & Community Members.
TAKE ACTION TO END THE NEW JIM CROW
video credit: Jurden Alexander
video credit: Eric Chen
video: january 18th MLK Day: Felons Need Not Apply ReEntry Simulation (Discussion Following the Simulation)
video credit: Eric Chen
created by: Laura Branca, Dorthy Cotton Institute
Donate Your Books:
Building a New Jim Crow
Community Reading Tool Kit
The Community Read is creating Community Read Tool Kits to distribute to local libraries, schools and other organizations. If you would like to donate your copy of The New Jim Crow to this effort, please drop it off at the Reference Desk of the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca. The library’s copies of the New Jim Crow have been donated to the Prisoner Express project.
If you have questions about the tool kits, would like to request one, or want to help the effort, please email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
The System of Mass Incarceration
A Brief Review of the System of Mass Incarceration, by Laura Branca
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)
MONTHLY CHAPTER EVENTS
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.
2017 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