UW Law alum and current students recently met on campus to celebrate the release of a new zine entitled “How to Stop a Prosecution Clinic: Organize Your Law School for Racial Justice.”
(If that link does not work for you, try typing in the actual address: http://www.arkansasjusticecollective.org/organizelawschool )
The zine is the product of months of work and coordination between students and alum, and it is the first in a new phase of intentionally cross-generational efforts by students and alum. The back cover of the zine sums its purpose up nicely, and it reads:
- When the voices and needs of marginalized people are centered, decisions can be made that improve access to life chances for everyone. This is trickle-up justice.
- When a prosecutor approaches a law school–a law school overflowing with microaggressions–about a prosecution clinic and the law school claims it would help advance racial justice, this is trickle-down justice. (It works just as poorly as trickle-down economics.)
- If the law school had centered the voices of people of color and other marginalized folks from the beginning, it would have noticed we weren’t asking to be put in cages.
- This attitude of “we know what’s best” for people of color and for poor people is called trickle-down justice, and it was not surprising from a law school that for years ignored student calls for racial justice across the board.
- This zine tells the story of how we halted an expansion of the racist and gendered violence of mass incarceration and how we used the moment to get the school to hire its only tenure-track Latina professor, offer a Critical Race Theory course, and finally secure a long-promised equitability plan.
- If your law school has work to do on racial justice, then this zine might just be useful for you.
(downloadable PDF and an audio version of the zine)