Saturday, September 26, 2015

Adopting Blog Name for the Original Task Force

UPDATE, 26 September, 2015:
In early 2013, the Northshore New Jim Crow Task Force was formed at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Lacombe, Louisiana. It began with a weekly discussion of Michelle Alexander's newly published book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, the title from which the group took its name. Members of the group included parishioners of the Unitarian church as well as members of nearby communities of Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, and New Orleans, among others. After the book discussions, members continued to meet to discuss local issues, to watch films on the topic of mass incarceration and the school to prison pipeline. Some members became involved in the political process, attending meetings of local organizations that supported related social issues such as predatory payday loans, poverty, voting access, and overly-harsh drug penalties in the Louisiana justice system, as well as other mass incarceration issues. Some members also attended committee meetings of the Louisiana state legislature and rallies at the state capitol. Over time, then, the original task force has moved beyond its beginnings as a discussion group in the local Unitarian church, and, as a result, we are adopting the name of our blog as the signifier of our social and political activities: Equal Justice Louisiana.

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