Students Take on Mass Incarceration

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Despite the countless articles detailing the supposed apathy of the millennial generation, political activism is still alive and well on today’s college campuses. Of note is the growing number of chapters of Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI). SAMI first started at Howard University in 2011 and has since expanded to schools throughout the U.S., including Columbia University, Mount Holyoke College and Morgan State University.

While much of SAMI’s early activism organized around the execution of Troy Davis, more recent efforts are focused on getting its anti-prison message out through alternative mass media, including spots on BlogTalkRadio, the production of “mix tapes” and a “radio takeover” for Voxunion. According to an article in The Daily Collegian, “(SAMI) is a student organization dedicated to exploring issues of political prisoners and promotes awareness on the controversial structure of the United States prison system.” Furthermore, SAMI links the practice of mass incarceration “to both the attempt to socially control people of color and to accumulate profits for both private and public prison institutions.”

Howard University student protesters at Troy Davis rally. Image courtesy of the Guardian UK

Howard University students at Troy Davis rally. Image courtesy of the Guardian UK

Through its activism and organizing, SAMI champions the abolition of the current prison system, favoring a restorative approach, which addresses those issues which contribute to the economic and social disenfranchisement of African Americans. To learn more about SAMI’s work and how to create a local chapter visit their website:

by Ian Morlan

The Manning Marable Memorial Conference

The Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University (IRAAS) and the Ford Foundation Presents “A New Vision of Black Freedom: the Manning Marable Memorial Conference,” an academic and community-focused event scheduled for April 26-29, 2012 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Columbia University and Riverside Church in New York City.


Black History Metropolis

Jet Magazine, February 10th, 1986 pg. 14

Black History Month is in full swing and we have been enjoying all that New York City has to offer.  If you haven’t had the chance to check out some BHM events around the city, it’s not too late.  Here are some of the events we recommend (whole calendar after the jump). All events are free unless otherwise noted. If you know of any events to add, send us an e-mail at