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Harvard scholar Jackie Wang to speak in Great Barrington about incarceration, capitalism | The Berkshire Eagle


By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle

GREAT BARRINGTON — The title of Jackie Wang’s book says a lot about the modern version of enslavement, in or out of prison.

In “Carceral Capitalism,” Wang explores the way new incarceration techniques and economic weapons lead vulnerable citizens, particularly African-Americans, into an unfree life.

Wang, who will give a talk Tuesday evening at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, is a black studies scholar who is writing poetry that “seeks to shatter the racial capitalist order and the captivity of bodies and minds.”

The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

Currently a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University in African and African-American studies, Wang has recently studied the bail bonds industry, for example….

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Philosophy Department Holds Conference on Incarceration and Reentry | News



Emerson Hall houses Harvard’s Philosophy department.

Professors, formerly incarcerated individuals, lawyers, and students crowded together in the Barker Center for several hours Friday afternoon for “Belonging: The Challenges of Reentry,” a conference dedicated to discussing the experiences of individuals who reenter society after serving time in prison.

Three members of the Philosophy Department — Ph.D. candidatese Darien Pollock and Diana Acosta Navas and Breon Durr, Ph.D. candidate in African and African American Studies — worked together to organize the conference. The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the Edmond J….

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Study examines how racial disparities in incarceration affect children’s health


Special Project, an independent network of artist and advocates, offer children’s activities every Sunday. Here Mari, who does not have an incarcerated parent, works on a project. | Courtesy of Special Project

Kentucky has the second-highest rate of children with incarcerated parents in the nation — 15 percent compared with the 8 percent national average. This disproportionately affects African-American children in Louisville Metro because of racial disparities in mass incarceration, according to a health impact assessment released on Thursday by The Special Project and the Louisville Center for Health Equity.

The Special Project is an independent network of artists and justice reform advocates who offer activities for children every Sunday evening in the visitors’ lobby in the basement of…

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'13th', documentary on mass incarceration of African-Americans, to be shown Tuesday



Local legal organizations are sponsoring a free showing of the documentary 13th, which explores the 13th Amendment and the mass incarceration of …
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Black incarceration rates would make King weep | Opinion


In the spring of 1997, my future brother-in-law and I drove through Detroit’s east side, with 8Ball & MJG booming from the sound system. En route to his mother’s house, we passed blighted blocks, laced with vacant houses and abandoned buildings, some so hollowed out that brush and trees had reclaimed them.

I had just landed a job at the Detroit Free Press, where I worked for nearly 20 years, writing about, among other things, prisons, urban issues, and the criminal justice system.

Shannon had just gotten out of prison, after serving four years for a drug offense.

We were feeling good, kicking it. Shannon talked about growing up here: Getting shot at 15 and selling drugs to…

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New EPI Study Shows No Progress for Blacks in Homeownership, Unemployment and Incarceration in 50 Years


By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor)

Late last year, “The Washington Post” wrote that African Americans were the only group that showed no economic improvement since 2000. They based their conclusions on Census data. This year, there was even more sobering news in a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The new study issued found “no progress” for African Americans on homeownership, unemployment and incarceration in 50 years.

Much of what was included in the EPI study was stunning data on African American economic progress. Fifty years after the famous and controversial Kerner Commission Report that identified “white racism” as the driver of “pervasive discrimination in employment and education” for African Americans, EPI concluded that not much has…

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