Sprouts:A Bitter Harvest: California, Marijuana, and the New Jim Crow 
Series: Title: Sub-title:
Sprouts  A Bitter Harvest: California, Marijuana, and the New Jim Crow  Part One 
Producer: Program type: Broadcast Restrictions:
Sprouts  Weekly Program  For non-profit use only. 
Summary: Featured speakers/guests:
This radio documentary by producer Chris Moore-Backman views Michelle Alexander's groundbreaking book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" through the lens of California's marijuana industry.

Marijuana is the single largest agricultural commodity in California and it is the primary vehicle for the war on drugs' racialized arrest and incarceration system, which has our prisons bursting at the seams nationwide. Great numbers of predominantly white men and women grow, harvest, and process marijuana in California for distribution throughout the United States. Local law enforcement and the communities they represent - communities whose economies are marijuana-dependent - benefit from letting this part of the illegal process go mostly undetected, while the crackdown happens almost exclusively in poor inner-city neighborhoods of color.

Through interviews with Michelle Alexander, Stephen Gutwillig (Drug Policy Alliance), and Vincent Harding (renowned veteran of the African-American Freedom Movement), this program cracks open the question of why and how this discrepancy exists, and it explores some of its devastating consequences. It's a show that grapples head on with the reality of white privilege in the United States.
 
Michelle Alexander, Vincent Harding, Monica Bell, Stephen Gutwillig, and Dale Gieringer  
Notes: Credits:
Sprouts is a weekly program produced in collaboration with community radio stations and independent producers across the country. We bring you local radio productions of national interest.

The program is offered free of charge to all radio stations. For information, or if you would like to feature your work on Sprouts, contact Ursula Ruedenberg at ursula@pacifica.org. 
Produced by Chris Moore-Backman. Music by Joe Henry, courtesy of Anti Records and BMG Rights Management, and Chris Moore-Backman. 
Topics
Politics and Activism | Society and Culture | Government and Law | Human Rights  
 
 
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00:29:00 
 
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View Script  Chico California  2011-11-16  English 
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