The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

This PBS movie, produced and distributed by PBS is 6 hours long and is an in depth portrayal of African American history. Reading (PA) Meeting showed this movie in 6-1 hour segments in November '15 and January '16 to a mixed (African American, Hispanic and Caucasian audience of 20-30 with brief discussion following the movie. The benefit of showing the movie is that it gives credence to the incredible courage developed over the years leading up to and including mass incarceration by African Americans facing one obstacle after another.

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America

Well-written and well-documented book that extends Michelle Alexander's work back into history.  The author shows how statistics garnered from the 1890 census, the first to measure the generation of African Americans born post-slavery, crime statistics, and immigration trends were used to create a narrative associating African Americans with criminality -- a threat to modern urban society.  Published 2010, Harvard University Press.

The Marshall Project

From the website: "The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums.


10019 New York , NY
New York US

The Prison Birth Project (PBP)

From the website: "Prison Birth Project (PBP) supports, encourages, and trains currently and formerly incarcerated mothers and trans* parents to become community leaders within a reproductive justice framework. ... In the jail today, we provide trauma-informed doula care, childbirth classes, family-centered advocacy, a peer support group, and a vehicle for member-led organizing. We also offer a group outside the wall for previously incarcerated women & trans* parents. PBP groups help members to remember core strength, heal as individuals and collectively, and create societal change.


01040 Holyoke , MA
Massachusetts US

The Sentencing Project

"The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration." Their work "includes the publication of groundbreaking research, aggressive media campaigns, and strategic advocacy for policy reform." This organization provides comprehensive, well-researched information about the prison-industrial complex and ways to end the system of mass incarceration.


20036 Washington , DC
District Of Columbia US