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Michael Javen Fortner and Marie Gottschalk: How Should We Reform Criminal Justice?

The Murphy Institute is known for its public programming, bringing thinkers, leaders and policymakers together to discuss the issues vital to making change in our city and our world. 

In the Fall issue of Dissent, Michael Javen Fortner and Marie Gottschalk outlined opposing visions of how we created mass incarceration, and how we should think about ending it. In December, the two scholars spoke at the Murphy Institute, where they continued the debate. Check out some of the conversation below.

The idea that we need to reform this country’s criminal justice system is finally gaining bipartisan support in Washington, thanks in part to social movements like Black Lives Matter. But even if we agree that something must be done, we sharply disagree—even on the left—about what reform should look like. At what point must we examine the structural causes of crime? Can we reduce the number of prisoners without first addressing poverty?

Unions, Workers, and the Democratic Party

The Murphy Institute is known for its public programming, bringing thinkers, leaders and policymakers together to discuss the issues vital to making change in our city and our world. 

This past September at Murphy, Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers, and Larry Cohen of Making Progressive Politics Work and the former President of the Communications Workers of America discussed the future of the Democratic Party. Watch part of the conversation below.

Regardless of who becomes the Democratic Party candidate for President in 2016, organized labor is poised once again to spend millions of dollars on the Democratic candidate. What is labor shopping for? What is it likely to get for its political money? How will it determine whether or not its resources were wisely spent? Will the larger, diverse working-class find a distinct voice in a political environment dominated by big money?

New Labor Forum Highlights: Feb. 10, 2016

The New Labor Forum has launched a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

This newsletter comes to you in the wake of the New Hampshire primary. The results are in, and Bernie Sanders has won his first state, and won big time. In an article due out in the May 2016 issue of New Labor Forum (with updates to include analysis of primaries through Super Tuesday) Thomas Gallagher charts the course of this improbable presidential candidate and asks: Why now? Why him?

Contents:

  1. The Sanders Moment: The Mood, The Man, The Method (Thomas Gallagher)
  2. Unions, Workers, and the Democratic Party Excerpt (Video)
  3. Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor

Photo by Gage Skidmore via flickr (CC-BY-SA)

New Labor Forum Highlights: Jan. 21, 2016

The New Labor Forum has launched a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

In this issue of Highlights, appearing just after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, we take up two related issues: the attack on public sector unionism embodied in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, now before the Supreme Court; and the crisis of mass incarceration. Both of these dilemmas profoundly and disproportionately impact African-Americans. Public sector jobs provide decent wages and job security to fully 20 percent of black workers. The potential evisceration of those unions essential to making these good jobs will therefore disproportionately affect African-American workers and their communities. And for over half a century, public sector jobs have served as a bulwark against the ubiquitous job discrimination, unemployment and bad jobs that have contributed to exceedingly high rates of black incarceration. 

Contents:

  1. Labor & the Supreme Court: Recent Cases (Charlotte Garden)
  2. Public Sector Unionism under Assault (Joseph A. McCartin)
  3. It’s Not Just the Drug War /Marie Gottschalk interview in Jacobin
  4. Michael Fortner: Forum on Justice Reform (Video)
  5. Public Sector Unions on the line (Event)

New Labor Forum Highlights: Jan. 5, 2016

The New Labor Forum has launched a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

It’s that time of year again, when we release another issue of New Labor Forum into the world! With the New Year celebrations behind us, we’re pleased to offer a selection of free articles covering the dissolution of the Republican Party, Black Lives Matter, adjunct organizing, the next debt-based financial crisis, and the Next System Project, which aims to refine and publicize alternative political-economic system models capable of delivering more just and sustainable social, economic and ecological outcomes.

Our freely available articles are only a small fraction of what our subscribers enjoy. See the full table of contents on our website, and subscribe to our print and digital editions here.

Contents:

  1. The Fissuring of the Republican Party: A Road Map to Political Chaos / Darren Dochuk
  2. Black Lives Matter: Toward a Modern Practice of Mass Struggle / Russell Rickford
  3. Adjuncts of the World Unite: How Faculty Are Resisting the Corporatization of Higher Education / Malini Cadambi Daniel
  4. The Subprime Specter Returns: High Finance and the Growth of High Risk Consumer Debt / Jennifer Taub
  5. New York Inaugural Teach-In for the Next System Project

New Labor Forum Highlights: Dec. 21, 2015

The New Labor Forum has launched a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

The Paris Agreement: More Than Was Expected, But Still Far Less Than Is Required

World leaders have greeted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as a ‘giant leap for humanity.’  But unions and their allies are concerned that the commitments made by countries do not add up to 2 degrees, let alone 1.5 degrees.  The ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ (or INDCs) set us on course for more thanlfhighlightsn 3 degrees of warming. In fact, most countries have not proposed any emissions reductions at all, but have instead pledged to reduce emissions based on business as usual ‘trajectories.’ 

Contents:

  1. Video: Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn Speak at December 7th Gathering of Unions and Social Movements
  2. One Million Climate Jobs – A Model for US Labor?
  3. Radicalism Rising and the Limits of the “Inside” Game (Asbjørn Wahl)
  4. Colorado Ballot Initiative for Fair Wages, Environment, & Housing (Sarah Jaffe)
  5. Poem: Juneau Spring By Dorianne Laux
  6. Earth to Labor: Dispatches from the Climate Battleground (Sean Sweeney)

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