Tues 12.30.14 | Incarceration and Beyond

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In this look back at four conversations about incarceration and penal policies in the US, Emily Baxter confronts the distinction often made between criminal and "clean"; David Harding describes the challenges faced by people just released from prison; Hadar Aviram examines the impact of cost-cutting discourses on this nation's penal landscape; and Liat Ben-Moshe calls for an expanded definition of incarceration.

Mon 12.29.14 | Reclus's Radical Vision

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Elisée Reclus was a social geographer and anarchist who, according to John Clark, introduced a strongly ecological dimension to anarchist thinking. Clark describes the various forms of domination that the French thinker observed and detested, and discusses the process of historical investigation that Reclus believed was essential to forging societies that functioned in harmony with each other and with the earth. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 12.24.14 | Africa's Land Rush

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In Africa, corporations and nation-states are acquiring vast amounts of land, in a move reminiscent of classical imperialism. Sociologist Fouad Makki discusses the enclosure, or privatization, of land in countries like Ethiopia, with terrible social and ecological consequences. He traces the land rush to the global financial crisis, rising food prices, and the inner dynamics of capitalism itself. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 12.23.14 | Courts, Fines, Cops

San Francisco Bar Association's free Legal Advice and Referral Clinic






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Shorter hours, higher fines, fines that compound astronomically if you don't pay them quickly -- just part of the picture of a court system that doesn't appear to serve poor people. Criminal defense attorney and activist Sherry Gendelman discusses whether the courts, both civil and criminal, are functioning as a revenue-generating machine -- as a regressive tax, in effect -- rather than a forum for justice. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 12.22.14 | Black Prison Organizing

Dan Berger, Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era U. of North Carolina Press, 2014






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Recent protests against the police have put the spotlight back on the racism of the criminal justice system. The centrality of prisons to white supremacy was highlighted by earlier generations of black activists, especially inmates, during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Scholar and activist Dan Berger reflects on the history, politics, and legacy of African American prison activism -- embodied most famously in the writings of George Jackson and the prison rebellions of the 1970s.

Mon 12.08.14 through Wed 12.17.14

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