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2012-2013: Common Read: The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (The New Press) was selected as the 2012-13 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read. Alexander, an attorney who is a civil rights advocate and litigator, asserts that crime-fighting policies and systems in the U.S., such as the “war on drugs” and the incarceration system, disproportionately and intentionally affect Americans of color. She describes multifaceted, lifelong discrimination and disenfranchisement that affect people who are branded “felon.”

  • Buy it. Purchase The New Jim Crow from the UUA Bookstore and support the work of our Association. The New Jim Crow is also available online where e-books are sold and in public libraries.
  • Watch the author's speech. At General Assembly 2012, her presentation drew a large crowd, and can be viewed online (58:15)xxx.
  • Discuss it with a group. The Unitarian Universalist  The New Jim Crow (PDF, 18 pages) helps groups reflect on the book and consider together what steps they are called to take, as people of faith, in response to Alexander’s call for awareness and action.
  • Follow the New Jim Crow radio blog. Over the course of eight episodes, this radio blog is a chapter-by-chapter exploration of the themes of the book, from the perspectives of scholars, activists, lawyers and people of faith grappling with Alexander's message.
  • Discuss it on Facebook. Take part in the open Facebook group called UUA Common Read Lab. Post information about a discussion group being held in your congregation or community, extend in-person conversations beyond your group, and connect with others taking part in the Common Read. Please note that you need to have a Facebook account to join this group.

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Last updated on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

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