Monday, August 6, 2012

Thurs, 8/16, Dorchester, "Incarceration Nation: Fighting '3 Strikes' & the New Jim Crow"

7pm, Codman Sq. Health Center, 637 Washington St, Dorchester (map)

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On August 1st, the racist 3 Strikes bill became law of the land in Massachusetts in bipartisan landslide votes in the House and Senate, signed in by Democrat Governor Deval Patrick. Blacks are only 6% of the Massachusetts population but 32% of those incarcerated, including juveniles. For Latinos who are 9.7% of the Massachusetts population, they are 28% of those imprisoned. There are more Black people in prison today than were enslaved a decade before the Civil War. With this new law, another generation of Blacks and Latinos is being told they only belong in jail, subject to the whims of racist prosecutors and judges, destined to continue living under America's racial caste system. Join us for a public forum on what it's going to take to fight against mass incarceration and end the new Jim Crow.

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Bill Keach is Professor of English at Brown University, and was an active member of the Boston chapter of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty that defeated the reinstatement of the death penalty in Massachusetts in 1997 and 1999.

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