Sanctuary Cities are Safer Cities

Friday the Times Dispatch reported news that, even my own pessimism didn’t have the foresight to anticipate: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to visit Richmond on Wednesday to speak with federal, state and local law enforcement officials about “efforts to combat violent crime and restore public safety,” the Department of Justice announced Friday …

Ethnographies of European Policing

Angela Davis spoke at VCU last week, and in conjunction with her visit I read her new book Freedom is a Constant Struggle. In it, as in her talk, she explores american incarceration as an exportable product. I tend to be very hesitant to conflate American carceral culture to security cultures globally, simply …

The federal government has announced they’re no longer supporting 2016 guidance to schools on the rights of transgender students. Below is a summary from Trans Equality of what this means. A screenreader accessible summary is available online at the Trans Equality website. The Washington Post has a fairly substantial summary of this …

Schools, Communities, and Sustainable Partnerships

I was fortunate last night to have a free evening that coincided with a meeting of the RPS school board during their final hearing on a much-contested budget. Torn between the needs of city hall and public schools, our board had considered offering the mayor a budget that was much …

Reading for Better Futures

Some time back my colleague Courtnie Wolfgang shared with me an incredible drive of materials on incarceration and detention of juveniles. This unexpected generosity left me thinking about the value of shared libraries and advancement of knowledge. I’ve heard a number of particularly heated arguments lately among scholars employed at …

Virginians: VA Budget and NVM on MLK Day

New Virginia Majority invited community organizers and Virginian constituents to use the 2017 Martin Luther King day to approach their representatives and demand change in the following areas: Criminal Justice Reform and Rights Restoration Voting Rights Immigrant Rights Affordable Higher Education, Lowering Student Debt Economic Justice: Medicaid Expansion, Raising Minimum Wage …

What we can do

Trump is president elect. My classes are full of tearful students asking what can be done. In truth I have no idea, and very few of us truly do I suspect. It will be some time before anyone gets their footing. This seems true of everyone I encounter, even though …