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Aerial view of Rikers Island

Making Sense of the Fight over New York City Jails

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Gabriel Sayegh, Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice — The fight to close Rikers is reaching a boiling point again. Next week, the New York City Council will vote on the land-use proposal for the construction of replacement jail facilities in the boroughs. The proposal is a major component of the City’s contentious plan to close Rikers, and the entire process has generated controversy within the movement to…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Nothing Just About ‘Justice’

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Twenty-one-year-old Deandre Sullivan overslept one morning. Selected to serve on a jury, he was supposed to report by 9 a.m. He didn’t awaken until 11 and figured he’d have to pay a fine for his no-show. But hours after he failed to appear, he was hauled into a West Palm Beach, Florida court. There, Judge John Kastrenakus sentenced him to 10 days of incarceration, a fine,…

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Prisons

American Gulag: Our Prisons Get More Oppressive by the Day

By Editors' Choice

By John W. Whitehead, CounterPunch — “The exile of prisoners to a distant place, where they can ‘pay their debt to society,’ make themselves useful, and not contaminate others with their ideas or their criminal acts, is a practice as old as civilization itself. The rulers of ancient Rome and Greece sent their dissidents off to distant colonies. Socrates chose death over the torment of exile from Athens. The poet…

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Central Park 5 Casts a Hideous Glare on the Wrongful Conviction Epidemic

Central Park 5 Casts a Hideous Glare on the Wrongful Conviction Epidemic

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — The Central Park 5 has been the textbook poster case for the one thing that has consistently and horribly racially disfigured America’s criminal justice system. That’s the stain of wrongful convictions. The 5 have the happy and tragic distinction of being the most celebrated wrongfully convicted prisoners released from prison but in the decade since their exoneration and release hundreds of other prisoners with much…

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Black Lives Matter Poster

The Racist Roots of American Policing: from Slave Patrols to Traffic Stops

By Commentaries/Opinions

But the persistence of racially biased policing means that unless American policing reckons with its racist roots, it is likely to keep repeating mistakes of the past. Connie Hassett-Walker, The Conversation — Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new. There are many precedents to the Ferguson,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Injustice Revealed and Dramatized

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux  — Many know them as the Central Park Five, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay forces to us see the five wrongfully convicted men as individuals. Their names are names we must remember, as individual, courageous, principled Black and Brown men. They are Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, and Kevin Richardson. DuVernay’s new Netflix mini-series, “When They See Us”, ask what “they” see when they see…

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Dr. Ron Daniels on the Malveaux! Show

Dr. Ron Daniels on the Malveaux! Show

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations, Video/Audio

 Malveaux! — Dr. Ron Daniels is an activist who brings people together about issues like reparations, gentrification, resistance to white supremacy. He does it under the banner of the Institute for the Black World, which he leads We also discuss NAARC, the National African American Reparations Commission. “Please subscribe to UDC-TV and watch me talk with Dr. Julianne Malveaux about reparations.” — Dr. Ron Daniels

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Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind

By Editors' Choice

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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Albert Woodfox was released from prison in 2016 after more than four decades.

After 40 years in solitary, activist Albert Woodfox tells his story of survival

By Editors' Choice

The former Black Panther and member of the Angola 3 reflects on how he turned his cell from a place of confinement to a space for personal growth. By Albert Woodfox, The Guardian — My wrists were handcuffed to my waist by a leather strap. These restraints would become standard for me for decades to come. They walked me to a car and I got in. A captain next to…

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Moms United to End the War on Drugs Re-launches #TrueLoveNotToughLove Campaign on Valentine’s Day

Moms United to End the War on Drugs Re-launches #TrueLoveNotToughLove Campaign on Valentine’s Day

By News & Current Affairs

Moms from Across the Nation Propose a Better Way to Solve the Opioid Overdose Crisis and Save Lives. Moms from California to Washington D.C. are Available to Tell Their Powerful Stories. On Valentine’s Day Moms United to End the War on Drugs is launching the second annual “True Love, Not Tough Love” campaign. Moms reject paternalist drug policies that circumvent our maternal wisdom and replace it with cruel, anti-family values….

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