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.”

Legal Scholar Michelle Alexander on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

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About Operation Welcome Home

OWH is a group of homeless people in Madison, WI and their allies organizing around the root causes of homelessness- racism, poverty, and criminalization. We are fighting for housing, jobs, and an end to the criminalization of poverty.

Posted on March 12, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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