Mass Incarceration and Racism:

"I want to discuss the race problem tonight and I want to discuss it very honestly. I still believe that freedom is the bonus you receive for telling the truth. 'Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.' And I do not see how we will ever solve the turbulent problem of race confronting our nation until there is an honest confrontation with it and a willing search for the truth and a willingness to admit the truth when we discover it."
—Martin Luther King, Jr. March 14, 1968

"Seeing race is not the problem. Refusing to care for the people we see is the problem. The fact that the meaning of race may evolve over time or lose much of its significance is hardly a reason to be struck blind. We should hope not for a colorblind society but instead for a world in which we can see each other fully, learn from each other, and do what we can to respond to each other with love. That was [Martin Luther] King's dream—a society that is capable of seeing each of us, as we are, with love. That is a goal worth fighting for."
—Michelle Alexander, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"

News & Upcoming Events:

Maryland Criminal Justice Reform:

Friends supporting proposed legislation on criminal justice reform currently in Maryland's General Assembly will be interested in reading this op-ed piece in the Daily Record, 27 March 2015, by Annapolis Friend and Anne Arundel circuit judge Phil Caroom.

"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander; Book Discussion Series Summary:

Four discussion sessions were held in the fall of 2013. Average attendance was around 6 people, with peak attendance of 12 at the first meeting. Each participant was encouraged to share a selection from the book that moved him or her as an "ice-breaker". The following guidelines were used: listen when someone else is speaking (don't use that time to formulate your reply), use only facts found in the book, and use only anecdotes from yourself or someone close to you. Facilitators were T. Hamboyan Harrison and Leigh Anne Dodge.

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Quaker Writings:

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