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Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, 

State Attorney Kim Foxx plans to expunge thousands of marijuana convictions

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Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, announced that her office is set to expunge thousands of misdemeanor cannabis convictions in the coming months. By Ny Magee, The Grio — Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, announced that her office is set to expunge thousands of misdemeanor cannabis convictions in the coming months. Foxx and her office are in talks with Code for America to identify minor marijuana cases in the…

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Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind

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In three decades of advocating for prison abolition, the activist and scholar has helped transform how people think about criminal justice. By Rachel Kushner, New York Times — There’s an anecdote that Ruth Wilson Gilmore likes to share about being at an environmental-justice conference in Fresno in 2003. People from all over California’s Central Valley had gathered to talk about the serious environmental hazards their communities faced, mostly as a…

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The text was approved by 535 MEPs in a vote at the European parliament on Tuesday.

MEPs pass ‘watershed’ resolution calling for action against racism

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Text calls on member states to tackle discrimination against people of African descent. By Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian — The European parliament has called for action to tackle the “structural racism” facing millions of Europeans of African descent in an unprecedented resolution that was overwhelmingly approved by MEPs. The resolution calls on European Union member states to develop national anti-racism strategies to deal with discrimination in education, health, housing, policing, the justice…

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A woman shops for food at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Want to Eradicate Hunger in America? Take on Racism.

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A new study found that people who experience discrimination are almost twice as likely as others to struggle with hunger. By Greg Kaufmann, The Nation — With more than 40 million people in the country struggling with hunger, anti-hunger advocates in the United States have their work cut out for them. In 2017, nearly 12 percent of all US households were food insecure—meaning they didn’t have access to enough food for all household members…

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Nov 19th Edition of Vantage Point Radio: Can the Working Families Party Be the Third Force in American Politics?

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Topics: Protecting the Financial Health of New York Consumers • “The Adultrification of Black Youth in the Criminal Justice System” • Can the Working Families Party Become the Third Force in American Politics. Guests: Lorelei Salas (New York Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, New York, NY) and Jeree Thomas (Policy Director, The Campaign for Youth Justice, Washington, D.C.)

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The National Association of African American Drug Policy Coalition

Call for Papers – National African American Drug Policy Coalition

By | Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts

National African American Drug Policy Coalition Call for Papers and Panel Presentations Join NAADPC members, state chapters and affiliates of NAADPC in panel discussions, research sessions, and select presentations in Dallas, Texas February 11-12, 2019. Special sessions will be conducted by Retired Superior Court Judge Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. The program is being co-sponsored by the National Association of African Studies. An abstract not to exceed two pages for a…

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Criminal Justice Reform Is on the Midterm Ballot

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Andrew Gillum wants to fix his state’s broken carceral system. He’s not alone among Democratic nominees for governor. By Matt Ford, The New Republic — Andrew Gillum wasn’t expected to win Tuesday night’s Democratic primary for the Florida governor’s race, even after he won Senator Bernie Sanders’s endorsement weeks ago. The 39-year-old Tallahassee mayor was outspent five-to-one by the frontrunner, and even more so by the two billionaires in the race, but…

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Debtor s’ Prison

How Prisons Serve Capitalism

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By Dan Berger, Public Books — I once asked a class at a prison in Washington State how they would describe the relationship between capitalism and incarceration. “They get you coming and going,” someone quickly offered. Perhaps he had in mind the legal financial obligations that are levied against many people upon their conviction.1 He also could have been referring to the exorbitant costs of commissary supplies. In January, Florida prisoners announced…

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FreeHer National Conference

FreeHer National Conference – September 28th-30th, 2018 in Tulsa Oklahoma

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Hosted by the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls and the Women’s Collective to End Incarceration of Women and Girls. Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 28th-30th, 2018 On September 28th-30th, formerly incarcerated women and girls, directly affected people, activists, advocates and supporters from across the country will come together to connect and share ideas and resources to work collectively toward ending incarceration of women and girls and creating systems…

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Inmates at a county jail on July 26, 2013 in Williston, North Dakota. | Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

‘Abolish Prisons’ Is the New ‘Abolish ICE’

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A growing group of leftists wants to get rid of the entire prison industrial complex in America. By Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna, Politico  — It’s no secret that the criminal justice system in America needs fixing—everyone from Jared Kushner to Cory Booker agrees. And while the Koch brothers might not go so far as Elizabeth Warren to outright label it “racist … front to back,” politically speaking, this is one rare issue that seems…

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