A Critical Conversation with "The New Jim Crow"

When: February 18, 2014

Guests: Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, Shiv Desai and Nekima Levy-Pounds

Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, has gained widespread attention for its compelling analysis of the relationship between mass incarceration and racism in the U.S. More recently, after reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of the historical March on Washington, Michelle Alexander took her work to another level by challenging educational practices. She encouraged her audience on Facebook to “intersect lanes” and resist the expectation to only view problems of practice through one lens or “lane.”

Jacqueline, Shiv and Nekima are going to answer Alexander’s call by beginning a dialogue about intersecting the lanes of education, race, discipline and community-centric practice. What strategies can folks on the ground adopt to address these issues? What tools might be re-purposed to encourage restructuring from the bottom up? What might restorative justice have to say to these issues?