Injustice in the justice system

We want very specific things from our criminal justice system: safe streets, low crime, the correct people in jail and low-level, nonviolent offenders out of jail. It seems a small request, but even before 14-year old Emmett Till was lynched for allegedly saying “bye, baby” to a White woman at a store in Mississippi, our […]

ACLU calling for Arizona prisons to lift ban on Black author’s book

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling on the Arizona Department of Corrections to lift its ban on Paul Butler’s book “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.” According to the ACLU, it had recently come to to the organization’s attention that Butler’s book was prohibited inside correctional facilities across the state. Butler is a Black professor […]

Michelle Alexander is seeking a new hope for justice in the church

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” Perhaps Michelle Alexander, the highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, author, advocate, and legal scholar knows the feeling expressed by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: A New Hope. […]

Michelle Alexander calls decriminalizing hustling a priority for police reform

Still deeply rooted in the slave patrols formed in the 1700s, contemporary practices of policing and mass incarceration emerged to confront Black people with limited access to legitimate work. With the failure of social programs in the wake of 1960’s race riots, the police, courts, and prisons have been weaponized to keep the Black poor […]

Black Mom Arrested in South Carolina and Jailed Because Son Weighs Too Much

Jerri Gray, a single mother who says her child gained weight while she was away from the home working overtime to provide for her family,  was arrested and charged with criminal neglect because her 14-year-old son, Alexander Draper, weighs 555-pounds. “This is not a case of a mother force-feeding a child,” Gray’s lawyer, Grant Varner, […]

More Black Men in Prison Today Than Enslaved in 1850, Author and Professor Says

Thus far, in the New World, African Americans have been able to survive the voyage during the Middle Passage, slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow and second-class citizenship in America. Although, on the surface, the appearance of change in the form of open acceptance and material gain is projected, this may not actually be the case for African American men. Historically, […]