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Michelle Alexander, Rosario Dawson to Join Sanders in Harlem

  • Michelle Alexander and Rosario Dawson to speak in Harlem on Friday.

    Michelle Alexander and Rosario Dawson to speak in Harlem on Friday. | Photo: Reuters / Collage by TeleSUR

Published 1 April 2016
Opinion

The discussion will be framed around the important role women of color hold in society and the role they can play in the 2016 election.

Together with Rosario Dawson, Michelle Alexander is to join Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a town hall style moderated discussion on Friday in Harlem.

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The discussion is expected to cover a range of topics including criminal justice, pay equity and health care. Dawson and Alexander will be joined by actress Tessa Thompson and criminal justice activist Donna Hylton.

The event is invite-only and aims to pair Sanders' prominent supporters with activists and intellectuals, hoping that it will lead to a stronger relationship with women of color in the lead up to New York’s primary on April 19.

Alexander is a civil rights advocate and writer that is best known for her 2010 book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

In February, she wrote a scathing piece in The Nation titled, "Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Deserve the Black Vote,' in which she examines Clinton’s power among Black voters and argues that it is undeserved.

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In her piece she explained that in the past 25 years the Clinton's have done very little to explain the devotion the Black community displays toward them. S he wrote that Bill Clinton “capitulated entirely to the right-wing backlash against the civil-rights movement and embraced former President Ronald Reagan’s agenda on race, crime, welfare, and taxes – ultimately doing more harm to bback communities than Reagan ever did.”

Hillary supported his policies and stood next to him when he “escalated the War on Crime or the War on Drugs,” argued Alexander.

“Generations have been lost to the prison system; countless families have been torn apart or rendered homeless; and a school-to-prison pipeline has been born that shuttles young people from their decrepit, underfunded schools to brand-new high-tech prisons,” wrote Alexander, emphasizing that it is difficult to overstate the damage the Clinton's have done to the Black community.

Rosario Dawson, who is from New York and spoke at Sanders' rally in the Bronx Thursday, was met with great enthusiasm by the crowd. She has publicly endorsed Sanders and said Hillary should be ashamed of herself for comments made about Sanders' response to Trump's recent comments on abortion.

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