I am excited to announce that one of the most influential authors in the drug law reform movement, Professor Michelle Alexander, is coming to Portland, Oregon, to read from her groundbreaking book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”.
The event will be held at Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium (3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard) on Tuesday, February 7, from 6pm to 8pm. Questions will be taken following the lecture and book signing will be available. It is free to the public and ASL interpreters will be available.
If you really want to understand what the War on Drugs is all about, then you do not want to miss this event. Professor Alexander will explain how ending the Drug War by itself cannot end institutional racism, but we cannot end institutional racism without dismantling the Drug War. Understanding her thesis helps explain why even after marijuana legalization, barriers to minority involvement in the industry and disproportionate policing of minorities for remaining drug crimes still linger.
Whether you’re a marijuana legalizer, a criminal justice reformer, a Black Lives Matter supporter, or just a citizen who wants to live in a better American society, you owe it to yourself to attend this lecture.
About The New Jim Crow: The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status – denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. The New Jim Crow challenges all of us to place mass incarceration at the forefront of the movement for racial justice in America. Called “stunning” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis, “invaluable” by the Daily Kos, “explosive” by Kirkus,and “profoundly necessary” by the Miami Herald, The New Jim Crow, with a foreword by Cornel West, is a must-read for all people of conscience.
About Michelle Alexander: Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. Alexander is an associate professor of law at The Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was formerly the director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California and an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where she directed its Civil Rights Clinics.