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April 2021 | What We're Reading

CCJFG Steering Committee members are excited to share the following books and podcasts that have accompanied us as we settle into Spring 2021. The content ranges from writings on indigenous forms of justice and healing to a podcast tracing the connections between hip-hop and mass incarceration to a mixed media collection of responses to the question, what does it mean to be Black and alive? These stories are rigorous, compelling, and bring us closer to understanding the intersections of history, justice work, and future-making.

What We're Reading



Justice As Healing: Indigenous Ways

Wanda D. McCaslin, Editor, Living Justice Press

Restorative justice traces its roots to indigenous traditions world-wide. [Justice As Healing] presents indigenous voices speaking directly about indigenous ways of responding to harms and restoring harmony in relationships. It is a collection of articles produced by the Native Law Centre of Canada [that draw] on a decade of writing on justice and on community-based, healing responses to conflicts and crimes. -Living Justice Press



Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Isabel Wilkerson, Penguin Random House

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. -Penguin Random House


Black Futures

By Kimberley Drew and Jenna Wortham, Penguin Random House

In answering the question of what it means to be Black and alive, Black Futures opens a prismatic vision of possibility. Drew and Wortham have brought together this collection of work—images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. -New York Times Editors’ Choice

What We're Listening To




The Atlantic, Hosted by Vann R. Newkirk II

The Atlantic’s revisiting of Hurricane Katrina is a genuinely illuminating piece that, in many ways, can better prepare us for the current context [of the pandemic]. Floodlines is the best audio documentary to come out of 2020 so far by a mile. Much of its power lies in the way it’s able to link the big picture to more personal, intimate horrors. -Vulture


Louder Than A Riot 

NPR, Hosted by Rodney Carmichel and Sidney Madden

Louder Than A Riot reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. From Bobby Shmurda to Nipsey Hussle, each episode explores an artist's story to examine a different aspect of the criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts Black America. -NPR

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