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Cleveland Teens Add Their Voices To Conversation On Racism, Injustice

Moderator Anthony Price of Shaw High School; Shakyra Diaz of the ACLU of Ohio; Jonathan Gordon of CWRU School of Law; Basheer Jones, writer and poet; Andres Gonzalez, chief of police of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Shakyra Diaz, policy manager for the ACLU of Ohio, asked everyone in a crowded meeting hall who knew someone with a criminal conviction to raise a hand.  Almost every person – mostly youth – lifted an arm overhead. This was a respectable crowd – a City Club of Cleveland forum – and the arms aloft were eloquent. “The land of the free cannot be the land of the lock down,” Diaz said, and a junior at Gilmour Academy jotted the sentence in pencil on her program. The note-taking at “A Conversation on Race” at the City Club youth forum was no... Read More →

ESSENCE Magazine Goes Dark For Historic “Black Lives Matter” Issue

For the first time in its 45-year history, Essence magazine will not use a cover model.  Instead, the African-American publication has dedicated its February 2015 issue to "Black Lives Matter," the social justice movement that has ignited in the wake of the killing of unarmed black people by law enforcement.   "Pictures are powerful, but so are words," editor-in-chief Vanessa DeLuca writes in her Letter from the Editor. "After I spoke with the editorial team — with all our souls aching for answers — we knew immediately what we had to do: Tell the story of this tipping point in our history in America. So this February we are focusing our attention on the daring modern-day civil rights movement we are all bearing witness to and making a bold move of our own: a cover... Read More →

Michelle Alexander On The Perils Of Mass Incarceration In The U.S.

In her influential best-seller, “The New Jim Crow,” law professor Michelle Alexander dissects the devastating racial consequences of “locking up and locking away” more than two million American citizens. And in her frequent public appearances, Alexander elaborates on the paradox of her subtitle: “Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”  She drew a standing ovation on a recent, frigid night at Baldwin Wallace University near Cleveland. Speaking in a steady, clear voice, the Ohio State University professor delivered a portrait of contemporary racism difficult to hear: The U.S. prison population quadrupled in the last 30 years, fueled, Alexander argues, by a war on drugs applied disproportionately in communities of color.  There are more American prisoners now than... Read More →
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