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"Less Prison, More College:

A Civil Rights Agenda for the 21st Century"

James Forman, Jr.

Fetzer Center Auditorium

Western Michigan University

March 30, 7 p.m.

In this presentation, Mr. Forman will argue that mass incarceration and education are the principal challenges we face and should be at the center of a civil rights agenda for the 21st Century. He will focus on the problem of mass incarceration, both how we got here, where we are now, and how we get out (solutions).

To learn more about James, you can read his bio, CV, and access many of his publications at [click here] or copy and paste the following url in your browser address bar: http://www.law.yale.edu/faculty/JForman.htm

Seats are limited, please RSVP today at [click here]





Celebration of Creativity, Diversity and Community

This spring, nearly 100 children who were recruited from various schools, churches, community organizations and mosques in the Kalamazoo area participated in an arts-based youth development program called Together Kalamazoo. Emphasizing the themes of creativity, diversity and community, Together Kalamazoo was created by the WMU Walker Institute, in collaboration with BIGthink, a Kalamazoo-based arts organization founded by WMU emeritus art professor Lou Rizzolo.

Under the expert guidance of art educators from BIGthink, program participants learned to communicate through art what they want others to know about themselves, their favorite activities, and how they feel about the people and places that are most important to them. During the workshops, the participants produced their artwork on dozens of hexagons. The colorful, content-rich hexagons were assembled into five large geodesic domes at the finale as shown in the photos below. To see more photos from the finale [click here]




The Walker Institute is proud to introduce www.mivoices.org, the premier source for information on poverty in Michigan.






Kalamazoo Matters Footer


James Forman, Jr. March 30, 2015 Fetzer Center [click here to register]


WIRE Youth Development Program December Newsletter


WIRE Sports Winter 2015 registration form [click here]


Together Kalamazoo Grand Finale Celebration of Creativity, Diversity and Community -- May 31, 1-4:30pm Bronson Park Amazing Photos [click here]


Tim Ready presents Kalamazoo United for Shared Prosperity: Basic Principles and Proposed Strategy to Kalamazoo City Commission [click here]


Tim Ready presents new data on the trends and demography of poverty in Kalamazoo at College of Health and Human Services Poverty Reduction Seminar, February 4, 2014 [click here]







Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Experiences, Beliefs and Attitudes of 2011 Incoming Freshmen Report


Walker Institute Report on Education, Race and Poverty in Kalamazoo








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