Against ‘law and order’ lockup

July 13, 2017 — Press release

Written by Institute of Race Relations

The July 2017 issue of Race & Class is now available and you can download the lead article for free (for a limited time only).

The July 2017 issue of Race & Class leads with a double-length narrative history of the little known New York City jail riots of the 1970s which predated that at Attica. Toussaint Losier, assistant professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, examines the roles of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords in organising revolts alongside working-class detainees suffering preventive detention because they were too poor to afford bail, the response from Mayor John Lindsay and the winning of unprecedented bail review hearings. Though short-lived, these events shed light on the contested legacy of preventive detention, a crucial strategic reminder amidst today’s resurgence in ‘law and order’ rhetoric and practice. Read here.

Forthcoming in the January 2018 issue of Race & Class, Elizabeth Jones assistant professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville will show how the burden of fines and fees still punish the US’ black poor. To coincide with the publication of ‘Against “law and order” lockup’, Race & Class has made available from its archives ‘a powerful radical syllabus on prisons, race and resistance’ – download for free here.

Also in July 2017 Race & Class, a brilliant race/class analysis from Wilhelm Londoňo and Pablo Alonso González of the current-day fate of Raizals (descendants of slaves taken to islands in the Caribbean Sea by the British) who have their culture recast as ‘heritage’ and have become proletarianised in the tourist industries owned by mainland Colombians.

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