Race & Incarceration

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, will be speaking to Milwaukee at a Helen Bader Foundation event on September 26th. Published in 2010, The New Jim Crow deals with race and current mass levels of incarceration in the U.S. The Rotary Club of Milwaukee has identified this as a topic of special interest and encourages members to read the book and participate in upcoming community conversations and events. The book is available at Boswell Books. If there is interest, RCM will host a book discussion facilitated by a MPL librarian in October. Upcoming events include:


September 12 Bader Foundation Community Conversation
Friday, September 12
Helen Bader Foundation Office
233 N. Water Street, Fourth Floor
The Helen Bader Foundation is hosting a lunch and conversation on the connection that incarceration has with education, families, and employment opportunities. Incarceration not only drives those factors after the sentence ends, but those factors also play a key role in why too many young African American men in Milwaukee find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system. This discussion will center around workforce and employment challenges, and how incarceration takes a toll on economic opportunity in our hometown.   Space is limited – If you plan to attend, RSVP to Jordyn Cziep at HBF: Jordyn@hbf.org.


September 26th Bader Foundation Luncheon with Michelle Alexander
Friday, September 26
10 a.m. – Noon
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Cooley Auditorium
1015 North Sixth Street
Join New York Times bestselling author and law professor Michelle Alexander for her perspective on the various historical and cultural currents that shape the criminal justice system. Her powerful 2010 book, The New Jim Crow, has sparked a national conversation on the inequitable state of our criminal justice system and what can be done to change course.


Dr. Alexander’s comments will be followed by a discussion among local experts regarding the impact of wide-spread incarceration, from education to family to economic opportunity. The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP online.


September 26th NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Dinner featuring Michelle Alexander
Friday, September 26, 2014
Reception: 5:30 pm  Dinner: 6:30 pm
Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee
The Annual Freedom Fund Dinner celebrates the 90th year of the Milwaukee Branch NAACP and features Michelle Alexander. The 2014 theme is "Reform, Restore, Refocus: ALL IN FOR JUSTICE AND EQUALITY". Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online.



RCM encourages Rotarians to read The New Jim Crow, participate in one or more of these events, and participate in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #opportunityMKE.