The evolution of social justice for African Americans is, in many ways, marked by issues related to the 13th Amendment. Conditions that gave rise to it. The response by [southern] whites to undermine that gave rise to the 13th Amendment. The broader society’s response to the 13th Amendment. And the lingering effects of the 13th Amendment’s codification of legal slavery in a post- War World II environment it.
It seems now, in retrospect, that the US Constitution merely provided instruction for the legal formation for the next caste system….it [the criminal injustice system] is not just another institution in our society infected with racial bias but a primary engine of racial inequality in the United States.” – Michelle Alexander
The 13th Avenue Project is BBC’s way of moving the black community beyond the “trappings” of 13th Amendment slavery, while enhancing public safety in black communities. The project born out of several realities:
Through the 13th Avenue Project, BBC seeks to organize individuals and groups to lobby for public policy reform, implement sustainable solutions, and disseminate information.
We are looking for individuals who are excited and committed to building the African American community through various improvements related to criminal justice such as a reduction in crime rates (especially homicides), recidivism, incarceration. This effort needs people of diverse skill sets – community development, public policy, program management, etc. Likewise, the project needs people who have been incarcerated, members of gangs, and family members of murder victims, etc.
To get involved, please:
1. Register to LowdCrowd from the home page.
2. Join BBC which is under Crowds menu
3, Contact the Project Manager to join this team!
Thank for you participating.
Project Orientation - Slavery By Another Name Approved Douglas Blackmon's Slavery By Another Name looks at the reconstitution of slavery after President Lincoln's signing of the Emanicipation Proclamation. Blackmon's work is significant for this project for many reasons. In a general sense, Slavery By Another Name offers a historical perspective on the underlying sentiments that structured criminal justice in post-slavery America.
Project Orientation - The New Jim Crow Approved Three recent works have placed these issues in a historical context. Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow offers a technical analysis of a [racial] caste system that now entangles a millions in the criminal justice system. Alexander's work offers numerous important insights such as: 1) The "War on Drugs", initiated by President Richard Nixon, that began as a Republican Party's Southern Strategy that actually pre-dated the nation's drugs epidemic. 2) Legalized second class status that is assigned to individuals who have been branded a "felon", largely for minor offenses. 3) In two decades of spikes in prison population from 300,000 to over 2 million has little relationship to "violent" crime as a small percentage of the incarcerated is related to violence. Alexander's work is particularly useful as The New Jim Crow book has been followed by numerous videos, presentations, interviews, and other collaborative efforts. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH0EcN-Sln0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gln1JwDUI64 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om2hx6Xm2JE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a99ZHfsFiKk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYLd0POs-So http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/michelle-alexander-a-system-of-racial-and-social-control/
Project Orientation - 13th Approved Three recent works have placed these issues in a historical context. Ava DuVernay's 13th documentary follows the rise of incarceration through the terms of Richard Nixon and subsequent presidents. The documentary deal with issues such as: 1) The role of plea-bargaining and the threat of severe sentencing in resulting growing the numbers of poor, black, and Hispanic-Latino citizens that are in some form of the criminal justice system e.g., probation, prison. 2) The emerging transition from private prisons to home incarceration that has its own set of social implications. 3) The role of Presidents on both sides of the isle, and particularly Bill Clinton, in fostering the policy conditions that have resulted in mass incarceration of black and Hispanic-Latino men, especially.
The basic and details elements of the project are set forth. The product of this phase must ask and answer who, what, where, where, how, and how much questions. These include:
2. Structure, including partnerships
3. Selection of states to launch this work
5. Financing strategies.
The implementation of the first iteration of the project is underway. The completion of the first round of Iteration I. This includes the delivery of a full review, recommendations for the future rounds of the project, and planning for upcoming initiatives in this project area.60%
This phase focuses on the creation of an overall strategic plan to guide the first iteration of BBCs 13th Avenue Project. It is vital that the strategy articulates:
The strategy must articulate mechanism to promote sustainability. This is particularly important for key personnel given the campaign will greatly rely on time and energy of project leaders. Likewise, the project must plan ways in which to sustain the overall work of BBC and by-extension, The LowdCrowd Network.
This phase will concentrate on gaining commitment of resources for the campaign. This includes, but is not limited to:
It is vital that we formalize these commitments using such tools as Memorandums of Understanding (MOU).
This phase focuses on efficient and effective execution of the overall project strategy.
Once completion of this iteration is reached, we must collect, analyze, and plan for the next iteration of the process. Deriving learnings/insights is critical. NextGen might call for more work in existing states and/or expansion of the 13th Avenue Project to other states.