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Established as a major alternative to commercial publishers, The New Press is a not-for-profit publishing house operated editorially in the public interest. It is committed to publishing works of educational, cultural, and community value that, despite their intellectual merits, may be deemed insufficiently profitable by commercial publishers. The New Press aims to provide ideas and viewpoints under-represented in the mass media.

Dr. Monique W. Morris has been studying the criminalization of Black girls for years and wrote a book on the subject cal...
07/03/2019
Schools ‘criminalize’ Black girls, jeopardizing their future success

Dr. Monique W. Morris has been studying the criminalization of Black girls for years and wrote a book on the subject called “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools”, and she is also the founder and president of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute. She says that studies have not necessarily proven the perception that Black girls mature faster than other ethnic groups.

“Adults perceive that Black girls are older than they are… early onset of puberty for all girls is a nation trend… but it’s been in our school system for decades that educators perceive Black girls are more mature. The inclination is to be harsher, have less patience… we need to let Black girls be girls.”

NNPA NEWSWIRE — While the situation is under investigation, incidents of young girls of color being singled out for disciplinary actions are unfortunately common in schools across the U.S. New findings reveal a stunning and far-reaching impact on these teens and even pre-teens that can negatively ...

"The presidency was fine but movie stardom was the supreme gig." Sounds like a lot of folks.
07/02/2019
Ronald Reagan’s Reel Life

"The presidency was fine but movie stardom was the supreme gig." Sounds like a lot of folks.

Reagan was made by the movies—not just his career but his mentalité was made in Hollywood. As much as he had been a movie actor, Reagan was a fan—a true believer in what he saw, or imagined, on the screen. My takeaway from several days of research in the Reagan Library—a Magic Kingdom shrine ...

As the sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom once observed, the “debate about free college tuition does something extrem...
07/01/2019
Opinion | What Free College Really Means

As the sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom once observed, the “debate about free college tuition does something extremely valuable. It reintroduces the concept of public good to higher education discourse.” And not just education: Medicare for all, a jobs guarantee, basic income and free child and elder care — each of these, like college for all, has moved from peripheral fantasy to organizing campaign to policy platform.

It’s not just about tuition. It’s a way to reassert the power of public goods in America.

Our new book on the FBI raises the alarm about the negative impact of the FBI’s evolution from a crime fighting organi...
07/01/2019
Nonfiction Book Review: Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy by Mike German. The New Press, $27.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-62097-379-0

Our new book on the FBI raises the alarm about the negative impact of the FBI’s evolution from a crime fighting organization into a domestic intelligence agency. Relating tales of interdepartmental dysfunction and infighting, reprisals against whistle blowers, and investigative overreach, whistle-blower Mike German collects a searing set of eye-opening case studies that point to a decreasingly effective organization: “actual crime, violence, and credible threats to national security go unaddressed while FBI agents chase phantoms of potential future terrorists.”

Former FBI special agent German’s impassioned polemic raises the alarm about the negative impact of the FBI’s evolution from a crime fighting organization into a domestic intelligence agency. Relating

The nation is experiencing a major increase in women running for office and women of color—the most under-represented ...
06/30/2019
New Report Says Women of Color Are Immensely Electable | Colorlines

The nation is experiencing a major increase in women running for office and women of color—the most under-represented group—are rising quickly as candidates and officeholders, driving steady progress for all people of color.

Reflective Democracy Campaign finds that women of color who run for office are winning their races and “driving steady progress for all people of color.”

Fun fact: in May 1974, as the House Judiciary Committee was contemplating the impeachment of Richard Nixon, the committe...
06/30/2019
Perspective | Your early summer book recommendations for 2019

Fun fact: in May 1974, as the House Judiciary Committee was contemplating the impeachment of Richard Nixon, the committee commissioned a group of historians to review prior accusations of presidential misconduct, to develop a frame of reference. Nixon had resigned by the time the historians produced their report, but the result was a fascinating survey of alleged presidential misdeeds. With the exception of William Henry Harrison, every president has been accused of misconduct. “Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today" updates the 1970s effort by including every president from Nixon to Barack Obama.

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"I am a Jewish Arab. For many, I'm a curiosity or a detestable thing. Some say I don't exist, or if I did, I no longer d...
06/29/2019
The Forgotten History of Jewish Arab Life

"I am a Jewish Arab. For many, I'm a curiosity or a detestable thing. Some say I don't exist, or if I did, I no longer do. I reject these ideas. My rejection demands that I paint for you a lost world to prove that we existed."

I was raised on recollections of a lost world that had existed for as long as we could remember—only to end suddenly in my grandparents' generation.

The workplace is a site where people struggle for power. Fighting for better wages and conditions unites workers across ...
06/29/2019
Book Review: A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis, The New Press (2018)

The workplace is a site where people struggle for power. Fighting for better wages and conditions unites workers across industries and generations.

The assault on American workers by employers, government and the courts has increased recently, making it more difficult to organize and negotiate contracts, At the same time, sympathy toward unions from the general public has also increased – along with growing support for some strikes. The Supre...

Like the death sentence, the life sentence is a rare and dying form of barbarism in the world. Unlike the death sentence...
06/28/2019
Life in Prison

Like the death sentence, the life sentence is a rare and dying form of barbarism in the world. Unlike the death sentence, it is not fading away in the United States, where over 200,000 people are “serving” life sentences or “virtual life sentences” of 50 years or more.

If you’re free, if you’re not locked behind bars (and I do realize that this is true of a smaller percentage of people in the so-called Land of the Free than anywhere else on earth), be grateful. One thing you can do is get your hands on important ...

A growing body of data strongly suggests that restorative justice programs increase the odds of safety, reduce recidivis...
06/28/2019
We can break the cycle of putting people in cages

A growing body of data strongly suggests that restorative justice programs increase the odds of safety, reduce recidivism and alleviate trauma. The new book “Until We Reckon” cites studies showing survivors report 80 to 90 percent rates of satisfaction with restorative processes, compared to 30 percent for traditional plea bargains or trials.

Restorative justice, which offers victims and perpetrators an opportunity for a different kind of justice, has resulted in early success across the United States.

The Diverse Humanity series gives a voice to LGBTQ people through compelling pictures and words. Emerson, Wajdowicz Stud...
06/27/2019
Eleven Books Spotlight Global LGBTQ+ Stories

The Diverse Humanity series gives a voice to LGBTQ people through compelling pictures and words. Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS)

A new photo book series showcases the diversity and complexity of LGBTQ+ communities around the world.

The Sentencing Project research shows people tend to age out of crime. In their mid- to late teens and early 20s, people...
06/27/2019
Cory Booker has a plan to reform the criminal justice system — without Congress

The Sentencing Project research shows people tend to age out of crime. In their mid- to late teens and early 20s, people are much, much likelier to commit a crime than they are in their 30s and especially 40s and on.

Booker’s plan would initially benefit 17,000-plus people in federal prison for drugs, and more could follow.

"Our concepts of self and of history are much less an exact science than we’ve been led to believe. The past is shroud...
06/26/2019
Massoud Hayoun on What It Means to Identify as Both Jewish and Arab

"Our concepts of self and of history are much less an exact science than we’ve been led to believe. The past is shrouded in imperfect narratives."

There are many potential origin stories for the Jewish Arab—a tiny fraction of humanity at the nexus of so much that’s wrong with the world. The recollection of my grandparents’ lives is itself an …

If you want to travel on an airline, or sign up for cable and internet, or drink a beer, or get treatment for illness, y...
06/26/2019
In the Land of the Giants

If you want to travel on an airline, or sign up for cable and internet, or drink a beer, or get treatment for illness, you’re transacting with concentrated corporate power. You can see concentrated corporate power’s effects in a supermarket aisle, with shelves and shelves full of brands and products that, if you look at the name of the corporate parent on the back, turn out to be from a handful of companies. We have the illusion of choice, but the reality of a captured economy.

This article appears in the Summer 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. I spent the day after the 2016 election at Yale Law School, Hill

"I am concerned that many people in custody are subject to other illegal and unfair acts by jailers that most people on ...
06/25/2019
Arizona Prisons Lift Ban On Book About Mass Incarceration

"I am concerned that many people in custody are subject to other illegal and unfair acts by jailers that most people on the outside never hear about," Professor Paul Butler told NPR. "Providing books to inmates promotes literacy, rehabilitation and civic engagement."

The book's author is grateful that pressure on corrections officials persuaded them to rethink the ban, but it did not end his concerns over access to books among prisoners across the country.

Prisons such as Angola in Louisiana and Parchman Farm in Mississippi cruelly imitate the conditions of slavery, replete ...
06/25/2019
Some Reflections on Prison Labor

Prisons such as Angola in Louisiana and Parchman Farm in Mississippi cruelly imitate the conditions of slavery, replete with a majority Black agricultural workforce being supervised by armed White men on horseback. They generally grow crops for consumption by government entities, including prisons.

If the farms were intended for profit instead of cruel and murderous humiliation, they’d probably do as other cotton producers do and use efficient machines.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore: A popular notion in some progressive circles holds that US prisons are a chain of sweatshops and plantations where hundreds of thousands of incarcerated people labor under excruciating conditions to generate profits for transnational companies. Can you shed light on this view?

Journalist Massoud Hayoun identifies as a Jewish Arab. This identity — which is not Mizrahi, and not Sephardi — is a...
06/24/2019
This Writer Won't Let Jewish Arab Identity Be Erased – Kveller

Journalist Massoud Hayoun identifies as a Jewish Arab. This identity — which is not Mizrahi, and not Sephardi — is an important claim.

“The fact that there are multiple terms to allow us to avoid the use of the term ‘Arab’ is one of the reasons why I use it. People who disagree, or are offended by its use, should ask themselves what about the word ‘Arab’ upsets them. And is the cause for that discomfort possibly to related to — or actually fueling — the environment of intense hatred suffered upon international Arab and Muslim communities in these times?”

Journalist Massoud Hayoun identifies as a Jewish Arab. This identity — which is not Mizrahi, and not Sephardi — is an important claim. “The fact that there are multiple terms to allow us to avoid the use of the term ‘Arab’ is one of the reasons why I use it,” Hayoun, 32, tells Kveller. ....

As James W. Loewen has written, one delegate at a post-Reconstruction constitutional convention aimed at enshrining whit...
06/24/2019
Opinion | Reparations: Reasonable and Right

As James W. Loewen has written, one delegate at a post-Reconstruction constitutional convention aimed at enshrining white supremacy said: “Let’s tell the truth if it bursts the bottom of the universe. We came here to exclude the Negro. Nothing short of this will answer.”

As Loewen put it, Confederates might have lost the Civil War in 1865, but they “won the Civil War in 1890.”

It is America’s responsibility to undo the trauma it has inflicted upon black people for hundreds of years.

The president of the Ms. Foundation for Women is reading Dr. Monique W. Morris's 'Pushout: The Criminalization of Black ...
06/23/2019
I'm Teresa Younger, President Of The Ms. Foundation For Women, And This Is How I Work

The president of the Ms. Foundation for Women is reading Dr. Monique W. Morris's 'Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.'

“At the Ms. Foundation for Women, we believe in a just and safe world where power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age,” says foundation president and CEO Teresa Younger, quoting the feminist foundation’s statement of vi...

Baltimore leaders segregated public housing by race and placed it in a way that some believed would protect home values ...
06/23/2019
An Excerpt From Lawrence Lanahan's 'The Lines Between Us'

Baltimore leaders segregated public housing by race and placed it in a way that some believed would protect home values and racial homogeneity in white neighborhoods.

In this excerpt, author Lawrence Lanahan writes about the two Baltimores and how they came to be. Mark Lange and Nicole Smith have never met, but if they were to make the moves they were contemplating—Mark, a white suburbanite, to West Baltimore, and Nicole, a black woman from a poor city neighbor...

"The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander is a must-read for anyone looking to learn more about the prison industrial com...
06/22/2019
Further Reading After Watching Ava DuVernay's WHEN THEY SEE US

"The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander is a must-read for anyone looking to learn more about the prison industrial complex and how it connects with policing and institutional racism. Though many may claim the United States is in a post-racial era, Alexander proves this gravely incorrect. “We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it,” she says. Providing statistics, anecdotes, and insider knowledge from her time as a civil rights lawyer, Alexander eloquently and powerfully lays out a damning argument.

If WHEN THEY SEE US moved you to learn more about police corruption, brutality, and the prison industrial complex, check out these books.

Manuel Pastor, the author of “State of Resistance”, notes that more than two-thirds of California’s undocumented p...
06/22/2019
Opinion | The Supreme Court Should Take a Field Trip to California

Manuel Pastor, the author of “State of Resistance”, notes that more than two-thirds of California’s undocumented population have been in the country for a decade or more, and many have American-citizen children. “Not counting them doesn’t disappear those kids in these communities,” he said.

Immigrants want to take part in the census, a basic exercise in our democracy. But many are afraid.

Poet, writer and musician Joy Harjo — a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation — will represent both her Indigenous cul...
06/21/2019
Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate

Poet, writer and musician Joy Harjo — a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation — will represent both her Indigenous culture and those of the United States of America when she succeeds Tracy K. Smith as the country's 23rd poet laureate consultant in poetry (that's the official title) this fall.

A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, the 68-year-old poet and musician says she bears "the honor on behalf of the people and my ancestors" and aims to serve as an "ambassador" of the art form.

"There are about 7% of human beings who have a kind of natural aptitude for math," Andrew Hacker, author of 'The Math My...
06/20/2019
What's the right age to quit maths?

"There are about 7% of human beings who have a kind of natural aptitude for math," Andrew Hacker, author of 'The Math Myth' and self-described numbers person, notes. "For the rest, it's sheer torture, for no purpose."

Arts students are protesting their school's academic requirements. Should they have to take maths?

Ironically, the union campaign itself provided the collegiality, communication, and sense of community that so many adju...
06/20/2019
The Revenge of the Poverty-Stricken College Professors

Ironically, the union campaign itself provided the collegiality, communication, and sense of community that so many adjuncts craved when they entered academia, but could not find at their huge, impersonal institution.

“Two half-time adjunct jobs do not make a full-time income. Far from it,” Ximena Barrientos says. “I’m lucky that I have my own apartment. I have no idea how people make it work if they have to pay rent.”

Happy Juneteenth, the day for commemorating the freedom of all people living in the United States.
06/19/2019
Why We Should All Be Celebrating Juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth, the day for commemorating the freedom of all people living in the United States.

Juneteenth isn’t the "other" Independence Day, it is THE Independence Day.

This summer, 80% of American readers plan to put away their cell phones to focus on reading, according to an independent...
06/19/2019
Shelf Awareness for Tuesday, June 18, 2019

This summer, 80% of American readers plan to put away their cell phones to focus on reading, according to an independent survey of 1,500 reading adults commissioned by Barnes & Noble, which reported that among those "expressing the desire to make reading a priority, many have vowed not to look at their phones for between 30 minutes and two hours during each reading session."

We love this idea.

Welcome to the Web site for Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade, the free e-mail newsletter dedicated to helping the people in stores, ...

“At this very moment, there are hundreds of people detained in the City of St. Louis merely because of their poverty. ...
06/18/2019
‘Appalled’ and ‘Disappointed’: Federal Judge Tells St. Louis to Stop Dragging Feet on Cash Bail Order

“At this very moment, there are hundreds of people detained in the City of St. Louis merely because of their poverty. We are encouraged that the judge recognized the enormous human cost of the unconstitutional cash bail scheme in the City’s courts, and we are hopeful that this change in St. Louis’s pretrial detention policies will spare countless people unnecessary suffering now and in the future.”

The city of St. Louis can no longer hold people in jail simply because they’re too poor to pay bail, a federal judge ruled last week. The decision was celebrated by the city’s civil rights advocates, who have argued for years that the city’s cash bail system was unconstitutional. But following...

"The notion of black people being aliens in the outdoors is a 'whitewashing' of history. We should not accept this false...
06/18/2019
Opinion | Black Bodies, Green Spaces

"The notion of black people being aliens in the outdoors is a 'whitewashing' of history. We should not accept this false narrative, but instead recognize the long tradition of African-American environmentalism, extending from the time of slavery to the farming cooperatives of the mid-20th century, the preservation of traditional food production, and even healing root work in the South."

Why is the image of an environmentally conscious African-American still hard for us to picture?

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