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I want to give you the choice to read how you would like for this week. The article, “Why Mass Incarceration Matters,” is about 30 pages with several subsections, while the Combahee River Collective Statement is about 10 pages with an additional essay by Adolph Reed attached to the end. You can choose to read whichever portions of the documents you choose, but I want you to read around 30 pages total. You will be expected to respond to the statement and the article, but it is up to you to decide how you reach the 30 pages
Combahee River Collective Statement
Kimberly Springer, Living for the Revolution. Ch4: “Black Women’s Issues as Feminist Issues.”
Origins of Mass Incarceration
Heather Ann Thompson, “Why Mass Incarceration Matters.”
Law Enforcement Assistance Act of 1965- Hearings before a Senate Subcommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/134199NCJRS.pdf
it is a summary and making connection between these readings in one page 
Please refer to these prompts for this week’s reading response:
What is the relationship between crime and incarceration? How does Thompson’s article explain the disjuncture between crime and incarceration rates? In your answer, make reference to some specific stats or arguments that Thompson uses to explain her point.
According to the Combahee River Collective statement, what are the origins of Black Feminism? How did Black Feminism’s historical and ideological roots shape its issues and projects?
What are the three large, structural changes that Thompson traces through the advent of mass incarceration? Choose one of these processes and briefly summarize her argument. Do you agree with her assessment? Why or why not?
According to the authors of the Combahee River Collective statement, what factors have inhibited Black Feminist organizing? How do the authors respond to these factors? What role does Black Feminism play in the creation of a more just society?
Taking these two pieces together, how would you assess the legacy and long term impact of the 1960s Black Liberation Movement? What were the Movement’s successes and victories? What were its limitations or defeats?
I hope these prompts help you with this week’s response. As always, these are suggestions to spark ideas, you are not bound to respond directly to them.

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