Anti-racism and Criminal Justice Reform Resources
“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
A message from Katharyne Mitchell, dean of Social Sciences.
In the social sciences we are all too aware of the structural forms of violence inflicted on communities of color in society, as well as the endemic anti-Blackness that pervades our US history and culture. The current constellation of events highlights, once again, the racism and conditions of white supremacy Black people are forced to negotiate on a daily basis.
In the division we can and must continue to fight this violence and injustice through our research and our actions. As Angela Davis (UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor Emerita) has noted, “In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” I am proud to be part of a community where the power and importance of her words continue to animate our work. While our research, teaching and commitments to racial justice are never enough, they matter. Thank you all for the work you do. (May 2020)
More voices from UC Santa Cruz.
Statement on George Floyd, Chancellor Cynthia Larive, UCSC
May 2020 Statement from Director Shonté Thomas, UCSC African American Resource and Cultural Center:
Statement on Police Killings of Black Americans, Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP)
Solidarity; Black Lives Matter, Staff Advisory Board (SAB)
An Open Letter to UC Santa Cruz, Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity (CAAD)
National Thought Leaders
- Current Thoughts: Bryan Stevenson on the Frustration Behind the George Floyd Protests
- Book: Just Mercy
- Feature Film: Just Mercy
- Documentary: True Justice
- TED Talk: We need to talk about an injustice
Angela Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. She has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era.
(photo and bio via ucsc.edu)
Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness — the bestselling book that helped to transform the national debate on racial and criminal justice in the United States.
(photo and bio via newjimcrow.com)
- Current Thoughts: America, This Is Your Chance
- Book: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
- TED Talk: Future of Race in America
Reading Lists and Resources
“By not running from the books that pain us, we can allow them to transform us. I ran from antiracist books most of my life. But now I can’t stop running after them — scrutinizing myself and my society, and in the process changing both.”-I.X. Kendi
- UCSC African American Resource and Cultural Center, Director Thomas’s book list (starts on bottom of page 2)
- Center for Racial Justice in Education: Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
- New Era of Public Safety Toolkit (The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights report, stemming from the 2014 Task Force on 21st Century Policing)
UC Santa Cruz Faculty Research
This is a growing list. Please send recommended research publications to email@example.com
- Casanova, S., McGuire, K., & Martin, M. (2018). “Why you throwing subs?”: An exploration of community college students’ immediate responses to microaggressions. Teachers College Record, 120(9).
- Davis, Angela (2003). Are Prisons Obsolete? Seven Stories Press.
- Ellison, E., & Langhout, R.D (2016). Collaboration across difference: A joint autoethnographic examination of power and whiteness in the higher education anti-budget cuts movement. Race, Ethnicity, and Education, 19(6), 1319-1334.
- Haney, Craig (2020). Criminality in Context: The Psychological Foundations of Criminal Justice Reforms. American Psychological Association.
- Haney, Craig (2002). Making law modern: Toward a contextual model of justice. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 8(1), 3–63.
- Read the UCSC news story here.
- Hanink, Peter A., Verma, Anjuli, Ward, Geoff K. (2020). “Can We Trust the Police to Intervene in Fellow Officer Misconduct?” JURIST Legal News & Research Services, Inc.
- McGuire, K. M., Casanova, S., & Davis III, C. H. (2016). “I’m a Black female who happens to be Muslim”: Multiple Marginalities of an Immigrant Black Muslim Woman on a Predominantly White Campus. The Journal of Negro Education, 85(3), 316-329.
- Mukherjee, Roopali, Banet-Weiser, Sarah and Gray, Herman (eds.) (2019). Racism Postrace. Duke University Press.
- Verma, Anjuli. (2016). A Turning Point in Mass Incarceration? Local Imprisonment Trajectories and Decarceration under California’s Realignment. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 664: 108-135.
- Verma, Anjuli. (2015). The Law-Before: Legacies and Gaps in Penal Reform. Law & Society Review, 49(4): 847-882.
UC Santa Cruz Courses
If students, faculty, or staff are interested in exploring these issues more deeply, consider registering for one of the following courses (audit options may be available).
- Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Courses
- Latin American and Latino Studies Courses
- Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program
- Social Justice, Society, and Policy (PSYC 211B)
- Race & Justice in America (POLI/LGST 121)
- The Power to Punish (POLI/LGST 182)
- Law, Crime, and Social Justice (LGST 123)
- Inequality and Law (LGST 130)
- Race & Criminal Justice (LGST 128)
- Power, Culture, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (HIST 190U)
- Power and Representation in Media (KRSG 2)
- Latinx Psychology (PSYC 144)
- Psychology of Immigration (PSYC 159I)
- Intersectionality: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Inequality, Power, and Identity (PSYC 213)
- Race, Class, And Culture In Education (EDUC 181)
- Urban Education (EDUC 164)
- Language, Diversity, And Learning (EDUC 140)
- Critical Perspectives On Education (EDUC 295)
Videos and Documentaries
Some require subscriptions or payments.
- Reconstruction: America after the Civil War
- Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers
- TED: Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America Playlist
- Bryan Stevenson: We need to Talk about an Injustice
- The Audacious Project
- I am Not Your Negro
- Systemic Racism Explained
- Whose Streets?
- The Fire This Time: Race at Boiling Point
- Ruth Wilson Gilmore: Covid-19, Decarceration, and Abolition
- Take this Hammer (the Director’s Cut)
Lists Compiled by Others
- Anti-Racist Action Resources compiled by the Society for Community Research and Action.
- Anti-Racist Resources compiled by Professor Suzana Loza, Hampshire College.
- UCSC Resource Sheet compiled by Colleges Nine and Ten.
- Black Lives Matter: A Resource Guide compiled by Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)
- Black-owned independent bookstores compiled by Literary Hub
- UCSC African American Resource & Cultural Center
- Black Lives Matter
- Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Race Forward
- The Sentencing Project
- Campaign Zero
- Color of Change
- The ACLU
- Center for Policing Equity
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- The Opportunity Agenda
- CA Alliance for Youth & Community Justice
- Member Organizations (CA Alliance for Youth & Community Justice)
- The Marshall Project (non-profit journalism about criminal justice)
- Critical Resistance
- Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos
- Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR)
- Santa Cruz Resource Center for Nonviolence
- Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc. Restorative Justice Programs
- BARWE (Building Anti-Racist White Educators)
- Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
- Participatory Defense
- SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Bay Area Chapter