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ICSS 20200830 – Policing in the US – Tony Platt

Sun, Aug 30, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 p

The past and future of U.S. policing

Noted historian and criminologist Tony Platt will share his long research and insights into the carceral state known as the USA. Tony Platt has been involved since the 1960s in issues relating to criminal justice, race, inequality, and social justice in American history. He taught at the University of Chicago, Berkeley, and California state universities. He is currently a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society in Berkeley’s Law School. A founding member of the editorial board of Social Justice, Platt blogs on history and memory at In addition to books and scholarly journals, he has published in a wide variety of popular sites, including National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, History News Network, Truthdig, Huntington Post, The Guardian, and San Francisco Chronicle.

From teaching criminology with David Du Bois, editor of the Black Panther Party’s newspaper, and organizing California’s first major conference on prison activism in the 1970s, to more recently speaking out about the damaging social legacies of eugenics, Platt’s experience as a political activist and public intellectual informs his research and publications. In the 1970s, he was co-author of The Iron Fist and The Velvet Glove, a book that challenged prevailing conceptions of American policing. In his latest book, Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), Platt draws upon a lifetime of research and commitment to social justice to articulate a broad vision and deep historical perspective on the crisis of the American carceral state.

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75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing – Raj Sahai

ICSS 20200809
Sun, Aug 9, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm7
75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing

Two Atomic bombs dropped three days apart August 6 and August 9, 1945, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the two Japanese cities, changed the trajectory of the world. To the US citizens, it was portrayed by the US government and the Mass Media as necessary to end WWII with a country that had started it by a surprise attack on the US Naval Base in Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 7, 1941, bringing a reluctant US into war with Japan. It was argued that this Atomic bombing saved lives, by ending the war a few days later when Japan surrendered unconditionally. But was it in fact the case and was it necessary? What else did it do? And how do the Americans view this event 75 years later?
Raj Sahai, who studied this issue on the 50th anniversary will present his analysis of this world changing event – the Atomic Bombing of Japan, and what are the lessons that can be drawn for today, when the danger of war in Asia has again escalated.

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Cuba and the health crisis – Tony Ryan

ICSS 20200802
Sun, Aug 2, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cuba: This is what medical internationalism looks like!.

Please join us for what will be an illuminating conversation on contemporary Cuba’s medical Internationalist work. Featured speakers will include Abraham Vela MD (a 2016 graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba) and Gail Walker (director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace). The event will be moderated by longtime Cuba solidarity activist Tony Ryan. Hold the date and please help in spreading the word!.

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