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Justice for All?: The Divide from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter  

In conjunction with the Campus Community Book Project selection for the 2015-2016, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi, this guide aims to aid the examination of contemporary structural inequalities.
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The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap - Matt Taibbi
Call Number: HM671 .T35 2014
ISBN: 9780812993424
Publication Date: 2014



The Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) was initiated after September 11th to promote dialogue and build community by encouraging diverse members of the campus and surrounding communities to read the same book and attend related events. The book project advances the Office of Campus Community Relations’ (OCCR) mission to improve both the campus climate and community relations, to foster diversity and to promote equity and inclusiveness.  For information on the Campus Community Book Project and for a list of this years events see:




This year's Campus Community Book Project selection, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi, (New York:  Spiegel & Grau, 2014) documents the uneven application of justice across race and class by juxtaposing the prosecution of financial crimes against the treatment of poor communities by police and justice departments.

The Campus Comminity Book Project program committee has organized a wide ranging program of events to engage these important issues. See:

This guide, and the complementary exhibit in Peter J. Shields Library was put together to facilitate the examination of contemporary structural inequalities in American life and their cultural fallout. Resources were selected by Social and Cultural Studies Librarian, David Michalski from across a variety of academic fields to prompt a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between recent social justice movements:

  • Black Lives Matter, which links both institutional and deeply ingrained cultural mores to racism and police violence,
  • and Occupy Wall Street, which seeks to tie financialization and corporate super-citizenship to inequality and the rise of poverty.

It unfolds the relationship between these movements through an exposition of scholarly work focused on the role geography, history, and social policy plays in the maintenance of inequality and the role cultural politics plays in the construction of social control.

In the end, it asks, like Matt Taibbi does in The Divide: what kind of justice, and what kind of community is necessary to heal the real divisions that run through contemporary American society?

The  books exhibited in the display represent only one possible constellation scholars may call upon to address these questions. The University Library provides resources and support for researchers to chart their own course in addressing these vital questions.



#blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation


Negotiating Ground


Center for New York City Affairs: Rikers Island


Rikers Island: Panel Discussion I The New School

The Rikers Island jail complex has become a symbol of criminal justice dysfunction. Last year, The New York Times uncovered 129 serious injuries to inmates. The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York documented widespread abuse and neglect of teenagers in the jail's adolescent unit. And Mayor de Blasio described an environment so toxic that inmates are released “more broken than when they came in.”

The City administration has initiated reforms. But a growing number of community groups, advocates and elected representatives say that piecemeal changes are not enough. Their cry is getting louder: Shut Rikers Down.


Race Matters: PBS New's Hour's Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Black Lives Matter: Police Violence, Prisons, & Freedom Visions

The Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley held a symposium called "Black Lives Matter: Police Violence, Prisons, & Freedom Visions" on September 19, 2014/

The featured speakers included:
Prof. Nikki Jones, African American Studies
Prof. Julia Chinyere Oparah, Mills College, author of Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex
Prof. Ashon Crawley, UC Riverside

You can listen to presentations made at this event here:

This event was co-sponsored by the Multicultural Community Center, the Carceral Geographies Course Thread, and African American Studies



    Bruce Western on Mass Incarceration: from _The Atlantic_ (warning may be prefaced with advertisement)

    Interviews with Matt Taibbi on _The Divide_


    Research Assistance:

    David Michalski, MLS, Ph.D.
    Social & Cultural Studies Librarian
    Peter. J Shields Library (Room 288)
    University Library

    Available for research assistance, term paper help, collection development requests and tutorials
    Schedule an Appointment:

    Sentencing Project

    • Sentencing Project
      The Sentencing Project was founded in 1986 to provide defense lawyers with sentencing advocacy training and to reduce the reliance on incarceration. Since that time, The Sentencing Project has become a leader in the effort to bring national attention to disturbing trends and inequities in the criminal justice system with a successful formula that includes the publication of groundbreaking research, aggressive media campaigns and strategic advocacy for policy reform.

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