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Transformative Justice: Ending Incarceration of Women and the Case for Reparations
August 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
America’s obsession with private prisons and all of their human rights violations began as a transition from slavery. Today US prisons, both public and private, incarcerate more people than any other country.
Andrea James, a formerly incarcerated woman, founder of both Families for Justice as Healing and the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, will be speaking. Prison most often causes further social and economic harm and does not result in an increase in public safety. The prison experience increases trauma in women and, if they are mothers, to the children they are separated from. It deepens poverty in the individual lives of incarcerated people and the overall economic stability of their communities. The National Council is guided by the principles of transformative justice, alternative community economic development, participatory budgeting and developing liberation projects.
Amilcar Shabazz has been professor of history and Africana Studies at UMass Amherst since 2007, serving as the department’s seventh chair from 2007 to 2012. He teaches with an emphasis on the political economy of social and cultural movements, education, and public policy. His book Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas was the winner of the T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award and other scholarly recognitions. The Forty Acres Documents, a volume he co-edited with Imari Obadele and Johnita Scott Obadele and for which he wrote the introduction, was one of the earliest scholarly works in the modern movement for reparations for slavery and the racial oppression of people of African descent in North America. Shabazz has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist and has done work in Brazil, Ghana, Japan, Cuba, and other countries. Presently, he is completing an historical biography of lawyer-journalist-entrepreneur Carter Wesley, among other projects. This month, Shabazz was instrumental in making Juneteenth a state holiday in Massachusetts.
Register here. Fourth in a series on Antiracism and Peace sponsored by Mass. Peace Action’s Racial Justice / Decolonization Working Group.