The New Jim Crow Study Guide and Call to Action

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Drawing from and expanding on the themes of Michelle Alexander’s acclaimed best-seller, The New Jim Crow, this in-depth guide provides a launching pad for groups wishing to engage in deep, meaningful dialogue about race, racism, and structural inequality in the age of mass incarceration.  The Study Guide and Call to Action spans the entirety of The New Jim Crow, engaging the critical questions of how we managed to create, nearly overnight, a penal system unprecedented in world history, and how that system actually functions — as opposed to the way it is advertised.  This important new resource also challenges us to search for and admit the truth about ourselves, our own biases, stereotypes, and misconceptions, and the many ways in which we might actually be part of the problem.

Interlaced with the words and thoughts of Martin Luther King Jr., the Study Guide and Call to Action’s narrative sections, discussion topics and questions steer readers beyond the four corners of The New Jim Crow, challenging us to discover what is required of us at this critical moment in our nation’s history. Prepared over the course of 2012, this long-awaited publication from the Veterans of Hope Project promises to play a key role in the growing movement to end one of the most pressing human rights crises of our time.

The New Jim Crow Study Guide and Call to Action is designed as a companion to The New Jim Crow. To receive a downloadable pdf version of the guide please provide the following information. You should receive an email with the attached file within 2 or 3 days of submitting this online form. Veterans of Hope and the Chico Peace and Justice Center are working diligently to map the groups making use of this important resource.  As the movement to end mass incarceration builds we want to be able to reach out to this growing network.  Please do not share the file beyond your reading group, but direct others who may be interested to this online form.  Thank you!



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