Inequality in the Age of Mass Incarceration - Feat. Harvard Prof. Bruce Western
Today nearly 60% of black male high school drop-outs have spent some time in prison. Starting in the 1990s, the "tough on crime" mentality has created a complex web of increased policing and surveillance; the decimation of economic opportunities; and an ever-increasing racial wealth gap, which has continued the vicious cycle of crime, poverty, and broken communities. In his groundbreaking book, "Punishment and Inequality in America" Professor Bruce Western of Harvard University, explores the root causes of mass incarceration and the interlocking systems of economic and racial oppression in our communities today. He further describes the heavy burden of racial and economic inequality and severe punishment on the very fabric of our society.
The Post-Prison Education Program is proud to host this event! Join us for a keynote presentation by Professor Bruce Western, Ph.D., followed by a panel discussion featuring Larry Gossett, Chair of King County Council; Doug Merlino, author of "The Hustle"; Leno Rose-Avila, Director of Community Health and Safety Committee, Latino Community Fund; Eileen Farley, Director of Northwest Defender Association; Lisa Daugaard, Deputy Director & Racial Disparity Project Supervisor at the Defender Association; Kimberly Gordon, Attorney at Gordon and Saunders; Professor Alexes Harris of University of Washington; Maggie Wilkens of League of Education Voters; Cheryl E. Strange, Vice President of Behavioral Health, Pioneer Human Services; Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D., Director, Center for Justice, Law, and Development; David "Smiley" Lujano, Student at Bellevue College & Former Prisoner; Dolphy Blue Jordan, Student at South Seattle Community College & Former Prisoner.
Tickets also available at the door.
The Post-Prison Education Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Seattle that offers hope and creates opportunity for people returning to society by providing access to higher education. Imprisoned and formerly imprisoned people are offered the tools and human support they need to find gainful, meaningful employment, and break free from cycles of hopelessness, poverty, and imprisonment, and become leaders for change. www.postprisonedu.org
Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, working toward building bridges among the poor, homeless and the greater community, while engaging the broader public in fighting for economic justice. By publishing the newspaper and mobilizing the public around poverty issues, Real Change organizes, educates and builds alliances to find community-based solutions to homelessness and poverty. www.realchangenews.org
The League of Education Voters is a non-profit organization working to create a statewide educational system in which every student has an equal and adequate opportunity to succeed in college, work, and in life. Washington's students are our first and most important constituents. Citizen-founded and citizen-funded, LEV is the only Washington-based organization working to improve education from early learning through higher education. We incorporate policy research with grassroots activismby bringing the average voter together with policy makers in an effort to bring new voices into the discussion on education reform. www.educationvoters.org
About Professor Bruce Western, Ph.D.:
Bruce Western is Professor of Sociology at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His research interests are in the field of social stratification and inequality, political sociology, and statistical methods. He is the author of Punishment and Inequality in America, a study of the growth and social impact of the American penal system. His first book, Between Class and Market, examined the development and decline of labor unions in the postwar industrialized democracies. He is currently studying the social impact of rising income inequality in the United States. Western taught at Princeton from 1993 to 2007 and received his Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA.
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