Gov. Jay Nixon activates Missouri National Guard in advance of Ferguson grand jury decision (Monday Nov. 17, 2014, 1pm pacific time.)

From the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, Bay Area chapter: Ferguson Grand Jury Decision may be Today or Tomorrow

According to sources familiar with a Wednesday conference call that included key elected officials, the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision in the case of Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson is expected to be announced publicly Monday. And sources close to the investigation state that they are not expecting Wilson to be indicted.

BUT, WHENEVER IT COMES DOWN...DAY OF and DAY AFTER, JOIN US AT
14TH & BROADWAY, OSCAR GRANT CORNER, OAKLAND, 4 pm and on beyond

NO BUSINESS AS USUAL! ON CAMPUSES AND IN THE STREETS! ANYTHING LESS MEANS WE WILL LET THEM
GET AWAY WITH COLD BLOODED MURDER... after murder...after murder...after murder...after murder NO! NO MORE!

Jonathan Simon, author of Governing Through Crime 11-28-12

7 pm Wednesday, November 28 at Revolution Books

Professor Jonathan Simon discusses his book,

Governing Through Crime – How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear

 “Ambitious and carefully reasoned...thought provoking...argues that what sociologists are calling “mass incarceration” signals not only a new approach to managing crime, but to managing society.”  - Boston Review

 “In exposing the ways in which manipulating the fear of crime has reshaped American private life, Simon's book makes a valuable contribution to the law and society literature.”  - Law and Society Review




Across America today gated communities sprawl out from urban centers, employers enforce mandatory drug testing, and schools screen students with metal detectors.  How and when did our everyday world  become dominated by fear, every citizen treated as a potential criminal?  Jonathan Simon traces this pattern back to the 1960s when declining confidence in government policies sent political leaders searching for new models of governance.  The War on Crime offered a ready solution to their problem: politicians redefined the ideal citizen as a crime victim, one whose vulnerability opened the door to overweening government intervention.  By the 1980s, this transformation of government had spilled over into the institutions that affect daily life.  Soon our schools, our families, our workplaces, and our communities were being governed through crime.

Jonathan Simon is Associate Dean of Jurisprudence and Social Policy and Professor of Law at UC Berkeley.  Co-editor of the journal Punishment & Society, he is also the author of Poor Discipline: Parole and the Social Control of the Underclass, 1890-1990 and co-editor of two other volumes.

Purchase the book online from RB [here].

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