Nov. 3: The New Jim Crow

African American History Project to be featured at the Monday, Nov. 3, meeting of Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Music Room at First Unitarian Church.
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Dr. Krawitz

Dr. Robin Krawitz and her team from Delaware State University will discuss their project on Preservation and Study of African American History this coming Monday in the Music Room at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington. Professor Krawitz and  Dr. Marcia Taylor Ed. D., assistant professor at Delaware State University, are featured speakers, and we will learn about their project and how we may cooperate with them and engage their students in our 2015 forum project.

Our goal is to bring about change.

Meetings of the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow are held on the first Monday of the month and alternate between Mother African Union Church and First U. Join us! We need your input as we plan our future activities. Please contact Rev. Paula Maiorano at paulamaiorano32@gmail.com or Joan Priest at joan@jpduua.org to learn more.

What is “The New Jim Crow?”

New Jim Crow bookAccording to Rev. Paula Maiorano, the New Jim Crow is the latest structural form of racism in the U.S. The term was coined by civil rights attorney and author Michelle Alexander in her 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

Slavery and Jim Crow were earlier versions. Mass incarceration disproportionately directed to African American males with the War on Drugs used as the delivery vehicle. The outcome has decimated families and urban neighborhoods.

A recent article in The Atlantic details the cycle of violence that has resulted from the aggressive law-enforcement strategy dictated by the War on Drugs and the “collateral damage” to minority communities. Read it here.

Poor schools, poverty, real estate laws, hiring policies, police profiling, and a biased criminal justice system all are part of the birdcage that traps many blacks in a new caste (caste not class) system from which it is almost impossible to emerge. Drug use was actually declining before the war on drugs was used as a vote-capturing method aimed at white racists disempowered by the Civil Rights advances.

Nov. 1: Sustainable Action for a Culture of Peace

The Movement for a Culture of Peace will come together again on Saturday, Nov. 1, to create sustainable action strategies for individuals and organizations seeking to build a culture of peace in our community.

An open meeting will be held at Hanover Presbyterian Church, 18th St. and Baynard Blvd., from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Come at 9:00 for some social time, coffee, and snacks.

This gathering—one of a projected series of regular meetings or actions—will focus on ongoing action that can be taken by members of First Unitarian Church. You will hear about issues surrounding youth, illegal guns, public policy, and witness/support for victims of violence.Whatever your passion, you are welcome here!

Details are found in this flyer (pdf): Movement_Flyer2

Register here to let us know you’re coming.

The March Becomes a Movement

The September 27 March for a Culture of Peace in Wilmington is becoming a movement. (It’s even changed its name to Movement for a Culture of Peace.) The energy and spirit of the march are captured in this report by WITN channel 22. Organizers and co-sponsors will be meeting again today to plan future actions together.