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March Monthly Recomendations

Updated: Mar 17, 2022

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow is a nonfiction writing by Alexander, explaining the evolution of our Jim Crow system of segregation primarily in the south. Despite segregation being legally banned in the middle of the 20th century, it has merely embodied itself in a new way: mass incarceration

“The nature of the criminal justice system has changed. It is no longer primarily concerned with the prevention and punishment of crime, but rather with the management and control of the dispossessed.”

Teach Us All (2017)

Directed by Sonia Lowman, she revisits the state of school segregation on the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas. The school system has undoubtedly changed a lot since the 1950s. Some of the most deep rooted problems within the American education system leading to racially segregated schools, however, have yet to significantly change.

Available on Youtube

“Most kids will not be beaten by police. Most kids will not go to jail. Millions and millions of black and Latino kids will go through a public education system that does not educate them.”

YMCA Youth Court Finding Justice: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

This local film documents behind the scenes of our program then known as Youth Court apart of the YMCA. You will get to hear from some of our adult at youth leaders and get to see the impact restorative justice has in action.

Available on Youtube

“We have learned now that when a young person says ‘I don’t know why I did that,’ they are not lying. They are not trying to cover it up…it’s just a limbic decision from the brain based on an emotional spontaneous response. It’s not thought through.”

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