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.

Wed 6.18.14 | Mapping the Golden State

Richard A. Walker and Suresh K. Lodha, The Atlas of California: Mapping the Challenge of a New Era UC Press, 2013




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What do California's myriad social and environmental issues tell us about capitalism itself? Quite a bit, according to Richard Walker. In a new altlas, the Marxist geographer explores the contours of the Golden State, from the dispossession of the native populations to today's extremes of wealth and poverty. He discusses some of the crucial themes of the book, as well as the limitations of mapping.

Tues 1.07.14 | Remote Detention

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Asylum seekers and migrants without papers are often arrested and taken to detention facilities purposely sited far from population centers -- and sometimes on remote islands. Alison Mountz discusses US, Australian, and other national policies to disperse and isolate detainees, often hiding their location from family members and potential advocates. She also describes efforts to find and assist detainees. Also, Matt Mitchelson explains the broader project of the volume to which Mountz contributed.

Tues 12.31.13 | A Look Back

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Several highlights from 2013, including David Graeber on private property; Priya Kandaswamy on the politics of "deservingness"; Ron Glass on Paulo Freire's radical pedagogy; Rashad Shabazz on prisons and disease; and Eduardo Galeano.

Wed 11.27.13 | Life Without Parole; Native Struggles

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More than 3,200 people in the US are serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses. Jessica Henry takes issue with what she calls the "unjustified and almost commonplace imposition" of these kinds of sentences. Also, Tony Platt discusses efforts to repatriate Native American remains that were excavated over a period of almost 200 years.

Wed 10.23.13 | Angela Davis on Feminism and Prison Abolition

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Angela Davis, a radical feminist and a leading advocate for prison abolition, works at the intersection of many issues. In a talk she gave at the University of Chicago, Davis brought up race, institutional violence, gender nonconformity, Palestine, trans politics, and the importance of subverting ideological norms.

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