Feb 29 2008

Weekly Digest – 02/29/08

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This week on Uprising:

* Gang Leader for a Day – an in-depth conversation with rogue sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh
* Black Agenda Report on Barack Obama’s campaign

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Gang LeaderGang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

GUEST: Sudhir Venkatesh, sociology professor, author of “Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets”

Cities across the US like Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington; San Bernadino, California, and Baltimore, Maryland, are grappling with the problems of gang violence. The problem is no longer new. But neither are most solutions being proposed by law enforcement to tackle the issue. A stark marker of urban blight and unemployment, gangs are still plaguing the mostly poor communities of America. A young sociology professor at Colombia University has recently written a book that examines gang life from the inside. Sudhir Venkatesh’s best-selling memoirs of being a student researcher in Chicago’s projects, provides a nuanced insight into the intricacies of gangs. His book is called Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets.

In Gang Leader for a Day, Venkatesh challenges stereotypes of gang members and the communities in which they function. Unlike most academic theses, his story is personal, complex, emotional, and ultimately educational.

A Prisoner’s Perspective

GUEST: Dortell Williams, inmate at Lancaster State Prison

Dortell Williams, an inmate at Lancaster State Prison, filed this commentary on the prison industrial complex

Black Agenda Report on Barack Obama’s Campaign

GUEST: Bruce Dixon is the Managing Editor of The Black Agenda Report

This week’s commentary is on Barack Obama’s Campaign. Visit www.blackagendareport.com for more information.

Sonali’s Subversive Thought for the Day

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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