Kuumba, Pan-African Studies and the Black Ministerial Caucus
Invite the Drew Community to the
African Heritage Month Opening Event & Dinner
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Lecture by Professor Elias Ortega-Aponte
Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies
Drew University Theological School and College of Liberal Arts
"Attica's Long Shadow: Coalitional Politics Against Global Lockdown!"
Attica's Rebellion and its aftermath foreshadowed the nation's changing ideas of the purpose of prisons and the tightening criminal legislation that would unleash the current incarceration binge. The demands for better living conditions of Attica's inmates were met by brutal police intervention and zero tolerance. What happen in Attica foreshadowed the direction that punishment and imprisonment would take in the late 20th century: a move away from a philosophy of reformation and rehabilitation towards one of containment and profit--punishment is profitable. Communities of color in the United States and around the world are the most affected by practices of mass-incarceration. In light of the threat of mass incarceration, renewing coalitional politics among communities of color ought to play a central part of our communal life.
Door Prizes, including a $100 bookstore gift certificate, will be given throughout the evening.