WELL-RESPECTED COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS: Lugalia-Hollon and Cooper have over thirty collective years of experience working in the field of youth development.
NEW ANGLE ON THE NEW JIM CROW: The authors draw connections between poverty, predatory policing, and the effects of the neighborhood disempowerment cycle. They also show the links between black neighborhoods that are the victims of mass incarceration and rural white communities that benefit from the prison industry.
LOCAL FOCUS, NATIONAL ISSUE: While the authors focus on Chicago, a city under intense judicial and media scrutiny in the nationwide movement for police accountability after the Laquan McDonald shooting, they also widen their lens to show how “the punishment of disadvantage” plagues cities nationwide.
“A worthy plea for change.”
“Lugalia-Hollon and Cooper call for a domestic Marshall Plan to boost employment, health, and education, and urge policymakers to focus on removing problem situations, rather than problem people.”
“The message that The War on Neighborhoods offers [is that] we must begin to challenge the narratives that have marginalized communities like Austin and that falsely pit communities against one another.”
“The War on Neighborhoods reveals, in chilling detail, what our collective delusions about safety have done to vulnerable communities and how unsafe we have made the places we police most heavily. It also lays the groundwork for imagining a future in which we overcome what the authors call our ‘addiction to punishment.’”
—Eula Biss, author of On Immunity and Notes from No Man’s Land
“Clear-eyed and insightful, The War on Neighborhoods illuminates the structural forces that shape the course of mass criminalization in communities of color. This book is a cautionary tale about current approaches to violence and harm, and a compelling call to action to every one of us.”
—Andrea J. Ritchie, author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
“Beyond national headlines on murder rates and inept government, Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and Daniel Cooper dig deeper to reveal the oft-missing story of disinvestment, displacement, and the structured disposability of black and brown people. A truly important read for those interested in the life of cities.”
—David Stovall, coauthor of Twenty-First-Century Jim Crow Schools
“Lugalia-Hollon and Cooper’s argument is both simple and devastating: America’s legal system has never and will never lead to safer communities. Beautifully written and painstakingly researched, the authors show us how divesting our public dollars from mass incarceration and instead investing in human potential is the only humane, economical, and effective long-term solution to harm.”
—Purvi Shah, cofounder of Law for Black Lives
“Buttressed by evocative stories and persuasive data, The War on Neighborhoods makes the case that entire communities have been at once abandoned by capital and targeted by the punishing state. This book is a clarion call to address the impacts of disinvestment and racialized/gendered criminalization on generations of people living on the West Side of Chicago and across the country. Everyone should read this book.”
—Mariame Kaba, founder and director of Project NIA
“As a lifelong advocate for greater investments in youth and families, I was both educated and reinvigorated by reading The War on Neighborhoods. This book reminds us to act fast and be bold with those investments if we hope to turn this long tide of racial and economic injustice.”
—Elizabeth Gaines, senior fellow, Forum for Youth Investment
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