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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Social Activism, Civil Disobedience and Anti-Racism Movements: Finding Books and Articles

A guide on Activism, Protest, Social Movements and Police Response to Civil Unrest

The OWS Declaration and Keyword Search Terms

The Declaration of the Occupation of Wall Street was concensed upon at the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011. Here is an excerpt of its main points in italics with suggested keyword searches in bold underneath each declaration. You can try these searches for Encyclopedia Articles in Gale Virtual Reference Library, Articles in our databases such as Academic Search Complete or Books in CUNY+. The declaration is available in a visual flowchart here.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage. suggested search terms: Foreclosure - Subprime Mortgage Loans - Neighborhoods and Economic Aspects and United States - Mortgage Loans and Corrupt Practices

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses. suggested search terms: Global Financial Crisis - Troubled Asset Relief Program -

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. suggested search terms: Age Discrimination and Workplace - Race Discrimination and Workplace - Sex Discrimination and Workplace - Diversity in the Workplace - Workplace or Employment - Income Inequality

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization. suggested search terms: Agribusiness, food politics, industrial agriculture

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices. suggested search terms: Animal Rights - Animal Welfare - Human Animal Relationships - Animal Rights and Moral Aspects - Animal Welfare and United States - Animal Rights Activists or Organizations

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions. suggested search terms: Collective Union Agreements - Collective Bargaining - Labor Unions and United States - Labor Unions and New York

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.  suggested search terms: College Costs - Student Loan Debt - Income Inequality

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay. suggested search terms: Labor and outsourcing

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce. suggested search terms: Income Inequality - Poverty and Social Aspects

They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them. suggested search terms: Campaign Financing - Corporate Welfare

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil. suggested search terms: Renewable energy, energy and sustainability

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt. Suggested search terms: Privitization and United States - Prisons and United States - Prison Privatization - Prisons and Contracting and United States - Contracting out and United States

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. Suggested search terms: United States and foreign relations, American foreign policy

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas. Suggested search terms: War on Terrorism, also see the Torture library subject guide

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. suggested search terms Military Contracts

Academic Search Complete

To search through the EbscoHost Academic Search Complete for articles, simply enter in a keyword into the search box below.

Academic Search Complete

Structural Racism & Black Lives Matter

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus (2020) via JSTOR

Ransby, B. (2018). Making all Black lives matter: Reimagining freedom in the twenty-first century (American studies now ; 6). Stacks E185.615 .R26 2018

DiAngelo, Robin J. (2018). White fragility : Why it's so hard for White people to talk about racism. Stacks HT1521 .D486 2018

Lebron, C. (2017). The making of Black lives matter: A brief history of an idea. Stacks E185.615 .L393 2017

Taylor, K. (2016). From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation. Stacks E185.86 .T373 2016

Camp, J., & Heatherton, Christina. (2016). Policing the planet: Why the policing crisis led to black lives matter. Stacks & Reserve HV8141 .P5977 2016

Lowery, W. (2016). They can't kill us all : Ferguson, Baltimore, and a new era in America's racial justice movement Stacks HV7936 .R3 L69 2016

To find additional resources, try search OneSearch on the subject headings

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