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Civil Rights Advocate to Present Lecture on Racial Injustice in Legal System

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Michelle Alexander, critically-acclaimed author and legal scholar, will be speaking Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30pm in Zankel.

Skidmore’s Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding will be sponsoring a lecture presented by legal scholar and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd in Zankel. Alexander will give a talk entitled “The New Jim Crow,” which will most likely sample some of the material covered in her first book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness–in which she claims that “”[w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” 

Published in 2010, The New Jim Crow received rave reviews and went on to win a slew of awards. Benjamin Todd Jealous of the NAACP wrote that the book “offers a timely and original framework for understanding mass incarceration, its roots to Jim Crow, our modern caste system, and what must be done to eliminate it. This book is a call to action.” Plus Cornel West called it the “secular bible for a new social movement in early twenty-first-century America,” so it doesn’t get much more badass than that.

Alexander, who currently hold a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at OSU, has spent many years in the legal system advocating for justice in cases of gender and race discrimination. She’s worked at the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU, the Civil Rights Clinic at Stanford, and in both the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

As you can tell, this woman is pretty fucking incredible, seems like a very good speaker, and will no doubt have some very interesting things to say on an issue that has been at the focal point of the media and our cultural consciousness. Alexander writes in The New Jim Crow that “the future of the black community…may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to re-examine their basic assumptions about the role of the criminal justice system in our society.”

So if you’re tired of seeing shit like this and this, then go to Alexander’s lecture on Wednesday at 7:30pm in Zankel.

Protest Keystone XL Pipeline at Obama’s House – Quick Info Meeting This Sunday

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Yeah, it's apocalyptic on purpose

The Keystone XL Pipeline is probably the new biggest threat to our health and lands, and if built, global warming will have won. However, farmers, Native Americans, social justice activists and dejected environmentalists like myself are pumped that the final decision on whether or not to build this monster rests solely with OBAMA. The idea is that because he ran for office and promised to help Americans by helping the environment, and because Congress won’t be an obstacle this time, and because we were super enthusiastic voters that got him elected last time around, he might actually listen to reason and deny the thing.

Bill McKibben, the environmentalist author who came to speak last year and who got everyone all riled up, well he’s the guy who has put this together. So if you were looking for some way to make a difference, this is it: on NOV 6th, one year before the election, thousands of people are going to encircle the White House and ask for some backbone out of the the President. It’s going to be beautiful.

Skidmore is being fabulous and paying for transportation, so that makes it easier, huh?

Check out the full SkidNews article here.

Info Meeting – necessary if you are planning to go on the Skidmore bus:
Sunday 10/30 – 4:00pm @ Gannett
OR contact Margot @ mreisner@skidmore.edu