It’s a rare thing when two great thinkers come together, but that is exactly what is going to happen next week when Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent at The Atlantic and author of the article The Case for Reparations, leads an online book club that will delve into a study of the book, The New Jim Crow, written by acclaimed civil rights lawyer, legal scholar,

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In a 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama delivered one of the most memorable lines of his political career. “There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America,” he said. “There's the United States of America.” It was a powerful, if simple, statement of unity and togetherness; the convention hall thundered with applause.

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Last week, Judge Carney in the Central District of California wrote a refreshingly accessible, logical, and just opinion declaring California’s death penalty system unconstitutional.  It is worth reading, but I summarize it briefly below.

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Right now, in the United States, close to three million children are growing up with one of their parents, most often their father, in prison. That works out to about one in every 28 kids. For African Americans, the number rises to one in 9. And the consequences are grave.

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What is Justice Reinvestment?
If you Google “Justice Reinvestment” you will find a very jargon-riddled, wordy definition that goes a little something like this:

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    An exhibit from the Supreme Court case showing overcrowding in California prisons. See more photos here.  

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  Tens of thousands of Californians had their vote taken away with the stroke of a pen. In December 2011, the California Secretary of State issued a memo saying that people on post-release community supervision or mandatory supervision are ineligible to vote.

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