Our neighbors at the Quaker Meeting House located at Florida Avenue between Phelps Place and Decatur Place invite you to join them in reading and discussing The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. The book describes how the War on Drugs dramatically expanded both the U.S. prison population resulting in the incarceration rate among African-Americans and Latinos far above the rate among non-Latino white people, even though studies show that people of all races and ethnicities use and sell drugs at remarkably similar rates. Michelle Alexander leaves us with two difficult questions: first, how can we address the unjust impact of the War on Drugs and, second, even if that impact is successfully addressed, what changes can we make so that our society does not continue to create systems that create Jim Crow-like conditions for Latinos and black people? If you would like to be part of this reading and discussion group, please send an email to David Etheridge at email@example.com to let him know of your interest.
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