SYSTEMIC RACISM IN THE CRIMINAL “JUSTICE” SYSTEM
AND HOW TO COMBAT IT
DR. KHALILAH BROWN DEAN is Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University. Her research focuses on the political dynamics of the American criminal justice system and the issue of voter rights. She has a book coming out titled “Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race Punishment, and Governance.”
CARLTON WILLIAMS, ESQ is a staff attorney for the ACLU of Massachusetts since 2013. He is a member of the National Lawyers GHuild and has served on its Massachusetts Board. A longtime resident of Roxbury, he has been an activist and organizer on issues of war, immigrants' rights, LGBT rights, racial justice and Palestinian self-determination. He is a member of the recently formed Member Boston Coalition for Police Accountability.
PANELIST FROM BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENTFiled under:
Transfer Hundreds of Billions of our Tax Dollars from Dangerous Nuclear Weapons to Productive Investment in Housing, Healthcare, Education, Public Transit and Infrastructure!
Please join us for a talk by Jonathan King, professor of Biology at MIT and also chair of the Mass Peace Action nuclear abolition working group.
Achieving nuclear disarmament requires Congressional action. This will not happen until many millions of Americans make the issue part of their political agenda. Millions of Americans are already fighting for affordable housing, accessible healthcare, quality education and reliable public transit. They are blocked by the lack of the needed level of federal investment.
Historically most of the major advances in the US economy were driven by major federal investments – the interstate highway system, major public and regional transit systems, public housing, biomedical research, computers and telecommunications. These federal investments have been seriously cut over the past 25 years, and also discredited in the eyes of some elected officials. We have to rebuild support for increasing investment in the civilian economy, by making clear to Americans:
1. The largest sector of the federal budget is going toward weapons development and foreign wars;
2. These are our tax dollars;
3. The inability to have the housing, health care, education and transit we deserve reflects this aberrant budget choice;
4. Cutting the military expenditures and transferring to human needs, job creation, and infrastructure upgrades would improve the quality of life for tens of millions of Americans and their children, and
5. Increase national security.
Iyad Burnat, born in 1973 in Bil`in, Palestine, heads the Bil'in Popular Committee. Since 2005, citizens of Bil'in, joined by Israeli and international peace activists, have held weekly non-violent demonstrations against the Israeli separation wall and the encroachment of illegal settlements. The protesters have maintained a commitment to non-violent resistance in the face of armed military opposition. The demonstrations are the subject of the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, which was made by Iyad's brother, Emad Burnat. Burnat discusses strategies for non-violent popular resistance with social justice activist Trina Jackson. What inspires him to continue his non-violent resistance? How has he brought potential adversaries to share his goal of peace and prosperity for all people?Filed under:
Origins and Future of ISIS
Note: Prof. Elaine Hagopian’s talk on Dec. 10 at a UJP sponsored program covered the historical origins of the conflicts in the Middle East, and also much information on ISIS, which is presented here in summary.
View video at youtube.com/watch?v=MQsVBH4BkJ4
ISIS developed out of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and is therefore one consequence of the US invasion and occupation starting in 2003. Local Sunni tribes cooperated with the US during the “surge” or “Arab awakening” in 2007 fighting Al-Qaeda. They expected to be rewarded by being part of the Iraqi government. However, the Shia regime under Maliki pursued sectarian policies and imprisoned and killed Sunni leaders. Al-Qaeda in Iraq was able to regroup and recruit Sunni support, and rebranded as ISIS. It grew into a decentralized but well organized group, with money from Saudis and captured US weapons including tanks.