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Book Review – Small, Gritty, and Green

SMALL, GRITTY, AND GREEN: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World.  By Catherine Tumber.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2012. Cities like Peoria, Syracuse, and Flint rarely enter conversations about places that hold considerable promise as sustainability exemplars. Catherine Tumber seeks to change this situation, however, by arguing cities such as these … Continue reading

Book Review – Someplace Like America

SOMEPLACE LIKE AMERICA: Tales from the New Great Depression.  By Dale Maharidge.  Photographs by Michael S. Williamson.  Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.  2011. The Great Recession is a relative matter. “My Great Recession is your Great Depression if you lose your job and your home,” writes Dale Maharidge in his and photographer … Continue reading

Commentary – The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement IS the Carceral State

Bruce Reilly is a founding member of the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement Throughout the 1970s, forces of power and wealth dismantled and destroyed the movements that formed the push for civil and human rights widely celebrated today.  People were assassinated, imprisoned, and otherwise sidelined—particularly—People of Color.  Over the same era, America supplanted grassroots … Continue reading

Book Review – Arrested Justice

ARRESTED JUSTICE: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation. By Beth E. Richie. New York: New York University Press. 2012. Ms. B., Tanya, and the New Jersey 4 (Vernice Brown, Terrain Dandridge, Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson). Tamika Huston, Kelley Williams-Bolar, Tiawanda Moore, and Kemba Smith. Their tragic sufferings bear witness to “arrested justice” by making … Continue reading

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