Criminalization of Poverty or Creating Poverty with Criminalization?
One of Operation Welcome Home’s primary concerns is exposing and fighting the criminalization of poverty. In Madison that has included meeting with the downtown Madison police captain to discuss the harrasment of homeless people on state street for quality of life crimes.
Another aspect of this problem is described by legal scholar Michelle Alexander as creation of a “permanent American undercaste” by policies of the current “War on Drugs” which started in 1982 under Reagan before the advent of crack cocaine at a time when rates of drug violence were actually down.
In the following set of interviews aired on Democracy Now yesterday and today Alexander offers a very compelling and infuriating analysis on the history, racial politics behind, and devastating consequences of the current “drug war.”