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A Dialogue with James Forman, Jr., and Lenore Anderson

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1719 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

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Join us for a brief discussion between James Forman Jr., author of "Locking Up Our Own," and Lenore Anderson, the founder and Executive Director of Californians for Safety and Justice, on Forman Jr.’s new book and the shifting landscape of race and criminal justice in California and beyond.

With so many recent changes in America’s political landscape, it is easy to forget that our criminal justice crisis continues unabated. In a new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, James Forman Jr. offers a fresh perspective on mass incarceration’s origins, and how to dismantle it. Focusing on African-American elected officials and policy makers, Forman explores the complicated and often conflicting impulses that led some of them to support punitive crime policies. He also celebrates the more recent shift against the war on crime, but argues that we haven’t gone nearly far enough. While most advocacy against mass incarceration has focused on non-violent drug offenders, Forman’s book illustrates why we must also change how we talk about and treat people convicted of violent offenses.

Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) is a nonprofit headquartered in Oakland that works throughout California to reduce incarceration and racial disparities; reallocate resources from incarceration to prevention, treatment and trauma recovery; and sustain these changes by building broad-based support among diverse constituencies.

Books will be available for sale from Marcus Bookstore, the oldest Black bookstore in the nation.

Please RSVP by June 1st

Please note that the program itself will run from 5:30 - 6:30 pm and refreshments & appetizers will be provided at the event.



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