Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Managing Urban Disorder in the 1960s: The New York City Model

Zhana Kurti and I have a new piece at the Gotham Center exploring the historical role of the non-profit industrial complex in planning explicit counterinsurgency in New York City. This is part of an ongoing project we began two years ago with "Rebranding Mass Incarceration." In our new piece we explore the role played by the Ford Foundation and Vera Institute of Justice in planning a counterinsurgency strategy for New York City in the late 1960s. To my knowledge the two main documents we dug up have not been written about before. The result of this study, we argue, is a theoretical and historical foundation for understanding the role criminal justice non-profits play in New York City, and beyond, as the crisis of legitimacy around mass incarceration deepens. But there's much more work to be done.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Treason to Whiteness is Loyalty to Humanity

I recently appeared on Laborwave Radio to discuss the life and work of Noel Ignatiev. Click here to check out the interview. The episode largely revolves around the article I wrote for Commune on Noel's legacy and our friendship, which can be read here.