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Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter

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Throughout the year, university and community members are invited to share reflections on selected works of art, literature, journalism, and scholarship related to the theme of Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice.  Please identify yourself and please remember to be civil and courteous as we jointly consider these challenging and sensitive issues.


Please share your thoughts on this project, in which California inmates write their own obituaries as a way of revealing their regrets and their dreams (LA Times):


As in Jericho Brown's poem, "Hustle," the act of writing here allows the writer to step outside of the narrow physical constraints of confinement. Writing summons into being an alternate reality, in some instances an alternate future or an alternate past.  I am especially moved by the sight of typescripts that have been marked up in revision, tangible signs of lives being revised.  (Mark Auslander)

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