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Establishing financial institutions and regulations that work for middle- and low-income Americans is possible. We just ...
01/20/2020
Building the People’s Banks

Establishing financial institutions and regulations that work for middle- and low-income Americans is possible. We just have to do it. David Dayen, editor of The American Prospect, tells us how in this excerpt from We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style.

Building the People’s Banks Establishing financial institutions and regulations that work for middle- and low-income Americans is possible. We just have to do it. by David Dayen January 16, 2020 5:00 AM Back to Search Results RSS Print × Expand Elise Amendola/AP Photo After Democrats swept into c...

“Few organizations manage, on their 100th birthday, to remain as relevant as on the day of their birth. That the ACLU ha...
01/19/2020

“Few organizations manage, on their 100th birthday, to remain as relevant as on the day of their birth. That the ACLU has pulled it off is a tribute to the vision of its founders.” - Read an op-ed by Ellis Cose published in @usatoday that reflects upon the legacy of the @aclu, who was founded #onthisday in 1920. This summer we will publish Cose’s DEMOCRACY, IF WE CAN KEEP IT, a vivid work of history and journalism that recounts the definitive story of the ACLU and America’s rediscovery of rights it had granted but long denied.
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JUST MERCY is in movie theaters now. Based on the hugely successful book of the same name , it tells the story of a man ...
01/19/2020
Amazon Book Review

JUST MERCY is in movie theaters now. Based on the hugely successful book of the same name , it tells the story of a man who was sentenced to death based on a wrong conviction, and the gifted young lawyer who righted the wrong. Amazon recommends a few other titles that provide insight into Stevenson and the criminal justice system, including THE NEW JIM CROW by Michelle Alexander.

Just Mercy rolls in to movie theaters today and we are very excited. Based on the hugely successful book of the same name (Amazon customers love it so much, they're rated it 4.8 stars), it tells the story of a man who was sentenced to death based on a wrong conviction, and the gifted young lawyer wh...

Sometimes a book comes along and, after it is absorbed into the culture, we cannot see ourselves again in quite the same...
01/18/2020
Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”

Sometimes a book comes along and, after it is absorbed into the culture, we cannot see ourselves again in quite the same way. Ten years ago, Michelle Alexander, a lawyer and civil-rights advocate, published THE NEW JIM CROW.

Listen to an interview with Michelle Alexander this weekend on The New Yorker radio hour as part of an hour-long examination of mass incarceration.

Michelle Alexander reflects on how her book, hardly an immediate best-seller, encouraged a discussion about criminal-justice reform and racism in America.

"Ten years have passed since my book THE NEW JIM CROW was published. I wrote it to challenge our nation to reckon with t...
01/18/2020
Opinion | Injustice on Repeat

"Ten years have passed since my book THE NEW JIM CROW was published. I wrote it to challenge our nation to reckon with the recurring cycles of racial reform, retrenchment and rebirth of caste-like systems that have defined our racial history since slavery. It has been an astonishing decade. Everything and nothing has changed."

From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in deep denial.

Those of us who believe the Constitution requires a fair trial — that the Senate oath to uphold “impartial justice” is n...
01/17/2020
Opinion | It’s up to John Roberts to make sure senators stay true to their oath

Those of us who believe the Constitution requires a fair trial — that the Senate oath to uphold “impartial justice” is not meaningless verbiage — must hope that “hesitant” will not be the word historians will use to describe how the chief justice performed his role. Doing little would be ducking his constitutional responsibility, not fulfilling it.

The chief justice’s role during impeachment trial is more than just window dressing.

America is suffering from a crisis of opportunity among its young adults. The consequences are profound. In a nation alr...
01/16/2020
The Kids Are Not All Right

America is suffering from a crisis of opportunity among its young adults. The consequences are profound. In a nation already confronting a growing divide between the haves and the have-nots, our neglect of these disconnected young adults only widens that chasm. Young adults for too long have been the missing link in our national conversation about opportunity, inequality, and the future of American prosperity.

Millions of young adults aren’t in school, don’t have jobs, and are ignored by policy makers.

Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, the United States government imprisons more migrants than ever before. Given...
01/13/2020
Opinion: The political history of locking up immigrants in the U.S.

Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, the United States government imprisons more migrants than ever before. Given the president’s vicious rhetoric, this isn’t a surprise. But it’s also not inevitable.

Sixty-five years ago, racism was widespread, and yet the Eisenhower administration moved aggressively toward abolishing immigration prisons. That past offers important lessons for the future of U.S. immigration policy.

President Eisenhower closed immigration prisons to improve America's image abroad during the Cold War.

We're proud to publish two important books on this Zora Magazine list: Michelle Alexander's THE NEW JIM CROW and Dr. Mon...
01/12/2020
The ZORA Canon: 100 Best Books by African American Women Authors

We're proud to publish two important books on this Zora Magazine list: Michelle Alexander's THE NEW JIM CROW and Dr. Monique W. Morris's PUSHOUT.

Celebrating more than 150 years of African American literature with 100 books written by African American women

There’s a problem with America’s favorite statistic: GDP. It avoids pretty much everything that’s actually, truly, reall...
01/10/2020
Kill GDP to Help Save the Planet - CounterPunch.org

There’s a problem with America’s favorite statistic: GDP. It avoids pretty much everything that’s actually, truly, really good for society, including the importance of robust ecology.

There’s a problem with America’s favorite statistic: GDP. It avoids pretty much everything that’s actually, truly, really good for society, including the importance of robust ecology. Still, it’s the biggest measure of what’s happening with the economy and used around the world, even thoug...

“If we’re willing to lock people up, we’ll find a reason. Most of the time the targets will be people of color. We can c...
01/09/2020
New Books Explore the Racist History of Immigration Detention

“If we’re willing to lock people up, we’ll find a reason. Most of the time the targets will be people of color. We can call this coincidence, but we would be lying to ourselves.”

New books explore the racist history of immigration policy and chart a more humane path forward.

During the past decade, no single book was more directly responsible for reshaping how the American public understands r...
01/08/2020
Ten years later, ‘The New Jim Crow’ continues to reshape the way we organize around criminal justice

During the past decade, no single book was more directly responsible for reshaping how the American public understands race and mass incarceration than Michelle Alexander’s THE NEW JIM CROW. This week marks the 10-year anniversary of its publication.

by Anoa Changa and Carolyn Copeland During the past decade, no single book was more directly responsible for reshaping how the American public understands race and mass incarceration than Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. This week marks the...

Saeed Jones, author of the memoir HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES, recommends TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia And Its Con...
01/07/2020
A Queer Reading List from LGBTQ-Identified Authors at the PDX Book Festival - Los Angeles Review of Books

Saeed Jones, author of the memoir HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES, recommends TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia And Its Consequences by Sarah Schulman. "It helped me point to painful silences I’d been enduring for years but had been unable to contextualize. It’s a vital book for queer people and the people who purport to love us.”

Sarah Nielson breaks down some of the discussions going on among LGBTQ writers at the PDX Book Festival in November, as well as some recommendations.

Laila Lalami, author of THE OTHER AMERICANS, recommends THE NEW JIM CROW."During a long drive this year, I listened to M...
01/06/2020
Best books of 2019: What Ronan Farrow, Susan Orlean and more writers we love couldn’t put down

Laila Lalami, author of THE OTHER AMERICANS, recommends THE NEW JIM CROW.

"During a long drive this year, I listened to Michelle Alexander’s THE NEW JIM CROW. I ended up getting a paper copy of it because there were so many passages that I wanted to underline and think about further."

The books that Susan Orlean, Laila Lalami, Ronan Farrow, George Takei and other great authors couldn't put down this year.

The civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson says there are four things necessary to confront injustice in America: getting c...
01/05/2020
Opinion | How to Fix Our Prisons? Let the Public Inside

The civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson says there are four things necessary to confront injustice in America: getting close to the issue, changing the narrative, fighting hopelessness and getting uncomfortable.

Let Us In will go a long way toward achieving these goals, and it would hold participating institutions accountable to the citizens who routinely pass through its doors.

It might also make the rest of us a little uncomfortable. And that’s O.K. too.

We need a broad national effort to recruit volunteers to educate and counsel the incarcerated.

Though prison abolition has roots in the 1970s, Michelle Alexander’s 2010 book THE NEW JIM CROW brought the topic back t...
01/04/2020
A look back at 10 of the biggest social movements of the 2010s, and how they shaped Seattle

Though prison abolition has roots in the 1970s, Michelle Alexander’s 2010 book THE NEW JIM CROW brought the topic back to the national conscience by drawing a compelling parallel between today’s mass-incarceration system and the Jim Crow laws that segregated and disenfranchised Black people.

The decade has seen some powerful movements — people organizing around shared causes to create change. Just as the civil rights movement fought back against racist segregation, disenfranchisement and lynchings of Black people, the 2010s have seen people come together...

These days, most people think of Ellis Island as the place that welcomed generations of newcomers. That is certainly tru...
01/03/2020
Ellis Island Welcomed Thousands to America—But It Was Also a Detention Center

These days, most people think of Ellis Island as the place that welcomed generations of newcomers. That is certainly true. As many as 12 million people are thought to have first stepped foot in the United States through the island’s immigration offices, which opened on Jan. 1, 1892. But in 1907, its busiest year, one out of ten arriving passengers experienced Ellis Island as a hurdle rather than an open door, spending days or months stuck inside the detention center.

As many as 12 million people are thought to have first stepped foot in the United States through Ellis Island’s immigration offices, which opened on Jan. 1, 1892

America’s conservative movement, having morphed into a religious nationalist movement, is on a collision course with the...
01/02/2020
Opinion | Bill Barr Thinks America Is Going to Hell

America’s conservative movement, having morphed into a religious nationalist movement, is on a collision course with the American constitutional system.

And he’s on a mission to use the “authority” of the executive branch to stop it.

This is a profound time to be a teacher. During this period of massive societal upheaval, educators are caught in the mi...
01/01/2020
Our Favorite Books for Educators in 2019

This is a profound time to be a teacher. During this period of massive societal upheaval, educators are caught in the middle of an intensely thorny process—the process of choosing and living by our values in the face of acute divisiveness. And the fear of not knowing how to navigate this process with students (or even with oneself) can be paralyzing.

Enter Lisa Delpit’s Teaching When the World Is on Fire—a collection of short essays written mainly by educators and school leaders on the front lines who are helping to guide students through complex topics such as race, police brutality, gender identity, climate, and culture. More than anything, these deeply moving and highly practical essays demonstrate that there is no way around this process except through it, and that all educators—even those with a great deal of experience—are struggling.

Greater Good’s editors pick the most inspiring and informative education books.

It's not surprising that a judge would require as many people as possible to pay for their release from jail: the public...
12/29/2019
Americans Aren’t Supposed to Be Jailed Before Trial Just Because They Can’t Make Bail. But It Happens All the Time

It's not surprising that a judge would require as many people as possible to pay for their release from jail: the public defender who represented the man, the prosecutor who argued against the man, the sheriff who shackled the man, and the judge who ruled on the man’s case all take a percentage cut of the money if the man pays for his release.

It violates a person’s rights to jail her solely because she cannot make a payment and without the government demonstrating that pretrial detention is absolutely necessary

Since the genre’s beginnings, rap music has had a contentious relationship with the police and the American legal system...
12/27/2019
15 Great Hip-Hop Books Published in 2019

Since the genre’s beginnings, rap music has had a contentious relationship with the police and the American legal system at large. With the legal precedent established in several cases, the use of rap lyrics being used in the prosecution of crimes has become increasingly common. Rap On Trial looks into the ways in which rap music is used in legal proceedings and the moral implications involved.

From detailed analyses of the Wu-Tang Clan's legacy to memoirs from legendary MCs, here are 15 great hip-hop books published in 2019.

Teenager Kalief Browder spent three and one-half years locked up on Rikers on $3,500 bail, not convicted of anything, be...
12/26/2019
Scott Hechinger: A Day in the Life of a Brooklyn Public Defender

Teenager Kalief Browder spent three and one-half years locked up on Rikers on $3,500 bail, not convicted of anything, before his case was dismissed. To the court, a week is a relatively short time to reschedule a case. Yet for people jailed, a single minute — let alone a day, or a week — is an eternity.

From representing clients in court to tracking down video surveillance.

The Millions says MIGRATING TO PRISON by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández offers a powerful critique of immigration den...
12/25/2019
December Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month) - The Millions

The Millions says MIGRATING TO PRISON by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández offers a powerful critique of immigration dentention. In exploring the intersection of the immigration system and criminal justice, historian Aviva Chomsky says: “García Hernández brings a sharp legal eye to showing how our immigration system has become so twisted that we take for granted the outrageous.”

Here are the new releases we're looking out for December 2019. Let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments!

Crimmigration — advanced by both Democratic and Republican administrations — is the intersection of immigration and crim...
12/24/2019
Who profits from ‘crimmigration’? Not America or its ideals

Crimmigration — advanced by both Democratic and Republican administrations — is the intersection of immigration and criminal law, and while most alive today don’t remember any other way, it is a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S. It can be traced back to the early 1980s when “crime” became used as a surrogate for race as a more socially acceptable rationale for “get tough” policies that disproportionately targeted Black and Latino people and led to the explosion of mass incarceration.

The criminalization of immigration is neither just nor unavoidable, writes author César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, who appears at Seattle's Town Hall on Dec. 9.

Did you know the Canadian Union of Postal Workers has developed a bold plan to turn every post office in Canada into a h...
12/23/2019
Care and Repair: Left Politics in the Age of Climate Change

Did you know the Canadian Union of Postal Workers has developed a bold plan to turn every post office in Canada into a hub for a "green" transition? Think solar panels on the roof, charging stations out front, a fleet of domestically manufactured electric vehicles from which union members not only deliver mail, as well as local produce and medicine, but also check in on seniors—all supported by the proceeds of postal banking.

The Green New Deal will need to be subject to constant vigilance and pressure—from experts who understand exactly what it will take, and from social movements that have decades of experience bearing the brunt of false climate solutions.

One of the best bookstores in the country, The Seminary Co-op Bookstores, named Massoud Hayoun's WHEN WE WERE ARABS one ...
12/20/2019
2019 Co-op Notables | Seminary Co-op Bookstores

One of the best bookstores in the country, The Seminary Co-op Bookstores, named Massoud Hayoun's WHEN WE WERE ARABS one of their favorites of 2019!

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How can Trump’s bizarre behavior be analyzed? In his new book, Losing Reality, the psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton, an ex...
12/19/2019
[Publisher's Note] The Art of Persuasion, by John R. MacArthur | Harper's Magazine

How can Trump’s bizarre behavior be analyzed? In his new book, Losing Reality, the psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton, an expert in the study of cultish thinking, argues that Trump is quite probably incapable of following anyone’s advice or of controlling his own ridiculous words, for he is a solipsist more than he is, as many assert, a narcissist. To paraphrase the definition of "solipsisme" in Le Petit Robert, a leading French dictionary, there is for the president “no reality other than himself.”

"Making fun of the negative interest rates offered by some European banks, Trump sniggered, 'Give me some of that…I want some of that money.' In my corner of the hall, around table 121, several merry-faced brokers and accountants applauded."

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