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The indefatigable Liz Fink, who fought for criminal justice her entire life, is the guiding angel behind Transforming Lives.  She died this year and the New York Times wrote a glowing tribute to her that does not begin to capture all that she did and was . . .We feel her big presence every day, telling us we that we must “dare to struggle, dare to win.” Click red above for article link.


The Marshall Project: this website was created by Bill Keller, former executive editor of the New York Times.  It reports solely on criminal justice – the innocent ensnared in a highly loaded system, the guilty who are denied the right to due process, fair trials, dysfunctional police forces, and the vast racial disparity in the meting out of justice in our country. Click red above for website link




Who Is Paying Attention To The Private Prison Industry? Nobody According to The Kentucky Center For Investigative Reporting. 


Ever Wonder How The Escape At  Clinton Happened?  A New York Senatorial Hearing Gives Damning Evidence of How Our System Works. "Prisoners are under lock and key twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and therefore they must depend on their keepers for all their human needs. They are held behind walls and closed doors, living “in a shadow world that only dimly enters our awareness.”2 American prisons in particular “mainly confine the most powerless groups . . . poor people who are disproportionally African-American and Latino.” Read Full Report Here


Is Texas About To Execute A Man For The "Murder" Of  A Man Who Died Of A Heart Attack? Read The Intercept Story. Click red above for link.


Obama's Last State of The Union in the Washington Post - His position on Race and Policing - Eleven Words, Blink and You Missed It. Click red above for link.


Criminal Justice Reform?  Forget About It says Washington Post. Republicans want more policing, stricter sentences. Click red for link


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar. Called the "secular bible for a new social movement" by Cornel West, it discusses race-related issues specific to mass incarceration in the United States.  Alexander uses strong legal and statistical documentation to make her arguments and the book has galvanized thousands to this horrific issue. Click red above for book link.


Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Written as a series of letters to his son, Coates gives us a "searing meditation on what it means to be black today," wrote critic Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times. Coates has become the James Baldwin of our era, with his truly disquieting and accurate portrayal of the situation of race in America today. Click red above for book link.


 The Justice Department's Shocking Report; St. Louis Post- Dispatch: Why Did the Michael Brown Shooting Happen Here? Click red above for article link.


Why Is 19-Year Old Tyra Patterson Sentenced To Life In Prison - When She Tried To Help The Victim? The London Guardian Reports.  Click red for article link


Law and Disorder, a Radio Program created by lawyers Michael Ratner and Michael Smith, gives listeners a rare legal perspective on issues of civil liberties, privacy, right to dissent and the horrendous practices of torture exercised by the US government. This program examines the political forces and legislation that are moving the United States into a police state. Click red above for your local station.




The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson and the Tragic Beginning of Slavery in American, an article in Smithsonian magazine by Henry Wiencek about the real heroes and villains of this fatal moment in our history. Click red for article link.


Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War ll by University of Virginia historian Douglas A. Blackmon won the Pulitzer Prize when it came out in 2009. This historical expose brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history, the age of "Neoslavery," through original documents and personal narratives. Click red above for book link


The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. If you haven't read this since college, get a copy. This became a shocking best-seller in 1966, galvanizing a nation by showing a powerful and disturbing picture of racial injustice in American. Click red above for book link 


The Green Book was a travel guide published from 1936 to 1966 that listed where black travelers could go, from hotels to restaurants and beauty salons, where they would be safe and allowed to stay. In an age of segregation, lynching, and sundown towns, this book became an indispensable tool for safe navigation for blacks and their families.  Currently, the New York Public Library is digitalizing these books. Check them out. Click red above for link


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