ICYMI: John Oliver’s segment on the situation in Ferguson is a must-watch.
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how is NPR covering/planning to cover what's going on in Ferguson, MO currently?
Grace Bello Answer:
We currently have several reporters on the ground in Missouri. Gene Demby is one and he’s well worth a Twitter follow.
You can see all of our coverage here. I would also be remiss if I didn’t point out the excellent coverage coming out of St. Louis Public Radio. Their liveblogging and livetweeting have been excellent ways to stay up to date, around the clock.
"When I read Flannery O’Connor, she really took the lid off my skull. Her blending of the grotesque and the comic as well as her reverence for mystery really affected me."
Night Vision, Geoff Mak interviews Karen Russell - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics
Have you read our new issue? Featuring this interview with Karen Russell, dispatches from Gaza and reflections on service in Iraq, a novel excerpt from Brian Hart, and more!
After promising change, the police let loose with rubber bullets, tear gas, and flash bombs three full hours before curfew. “They didn’t give us no warning.”
“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.
If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing."
a couple of other quotes from the article i really like:
According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation but is an act of love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, presumably it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient. Its real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace
Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! Before succumbing to the intoxicating warmth of that promise, it’s critical to ask, “Who, exactly, benefits from making work feel like nonwork?” “Why should workers feel as if they aren’t working when they are?” In masking the very exploitative mechanisms of labor that it fuels, DWYL is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. If we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time.
To Supplement Dr. Christina Sharpe’s essay, Black Life, Annotated, TNI asked Sharpe to create a syllabus for further reading on the subject and she graciously obliged, with help from Mariame Kaba and Dr. Tamara Nopper.
Introduction to The Prison Industrial Complex
Introduction to The Prison Industrial Complex
I recommend everything on the blog Prison Culture “How the PIC Structures Our World…”
Nicholas K. Peart, “Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?“
C Angel Torres and Naima Paz, Young Women’s Empowerment Project’s Bad Encounter Line zine
Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues”
On Fugitivity and Captivity
Slave narratives, from Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl: Written by Herself, to Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave: Written by Himself, to David Walker’s Appeal, to Ida B. Well’s The Red Record
Keguro Macharia, fugitivity
Fred Moten and Stefano Harvey, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study
Tavia Nyong’o, Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark
Connie Wun, Disciplining Violence
Tamara K. Nopper and Kenyon Farrow, Why the AFL-CIO must address Black criminalization and (un)employment: A position paper
To Watch & Listen
Angela Davis, On the Prison Industrial Complex
Ruth Gilmore, Beyond The Prison Industrial Complex
Murder on a Sunday Morning (documentary)
Damien Sojoyner, “Trouble Man: The Limitations of Policy Oriented Black Masculinity”
“You Don’t Really Know Us,” Chicago Kids Tell News Media
Simone Browne, Dark Sousveillance Race, Surveillance and Resistance
A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison by Reginald Dwayne Betts
States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons edited by Joy James
Warfare in the American Homeland: Policing and Prison in a Penal Democracy edited by Joy James (2007)
Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex edited by Julia Sudbury
Live from Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal
Police Brutality: An Anthology edited by Jill Nelson