In the Building

This is a chapter from my memoir about teaching incarcerated high school students on Rikers Island in NYC that was published in the literary magazine, J Journal. The memoir is titled The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island (published in 2019 by Deerbrook Editions): https://www.jjournal.org/post/in-the-building In the Sprungs, I had grown completely comfortable with my … Continue reading In the Building

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THIS IS NOT JUSTICE

A Philadelphia teenager and the empty promise of the Sixth Amendment By Jake Tapper https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/11/campaign-to-free-incarcerated-philadelphia-teenager-sixth-amendment/671527/ Painting by Fulton Leroy Washington (MR WASH). Source: Malike Sidibe for The Atlantic. OCTOBER 12, 2022 This article was featured in One Story to Read Today, a newsletter in which our editors recommend a single must-read from The Atlantic, Monday through Friday.  … Continue reading THIS IS NOT JUSTICE

Sixth in a Series of Readings from The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island

https://www.youtube.com/embed/1t0hA7byLpE “The New Plantation takes us into the chaos of Rikers Island, giving us the vivid voices of young men–kids, really–caught in the unrelenting grip of institutional racism. I found it riveting.” –Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, Ernie’s Ark, and One-in-a-Million Boy “It’s easy to forget people of whatever age who have been disappeared by … Continue reading Sixth in a Series of Readings from The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island