November: Understanding Mass Incarceration CANCELLED

PLEASE NOTE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR SOLIDARITY ACTION FOR TAMIR RICE, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22ND STARTING AT 3:30PM

Local author and activist James Kilgore has a new book out and we want to read it! James is a tireless organizer for many prison and jail justice projects including First Followers (a community-based reentry program), Build Programs Not Jails, and Prison Phone Justice. He currently works at the Center for African Studies, teaches Global Studies courses at UIUC, and regularly contributes articles on mass incarceration and social justice for several media outlets. He spent six and a half years in state and federal prisons in California for convictions related to his political activities in the 1970’s and his subsequent two plus decades underground.

What’s especially attractive about James’ book is that it is accessible to a wide range of educational backgrounds and serves as a handbook for people seriously interested in addressing and interrupting cycles of mass incarceration and institutional racism.

understanding mass incarceration cover

To learn more about James and where to get his book please visit: http://www.understandingmassincarceration.com/buy-the-book/

October Meeting

Sunday, October 18th 2-4pm at the IMC (upstairs in the Sun Room)

We are finishing the book Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America by Kristian Williams. Chapters 5-end.  In addition to discussing these chapters, we want to also take some time to discuss the idea of “making police obsolete,” what that means, and what we can realistically do toward that goal.

The way we are structuring discussion for this book is: we have one person who functions as an overall facilitator, beginning and ending the meeting and keeping things on time, and we break the book up into chapters, with a different person leading discussion (offering thoughts and posing discussion prompts) for each chapter.

We still need volunteers to lead chapters, so if you are willing, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact littleblackdog@riseup.net

We hope to see you there!