When: Wed., Oct. 29, 7 p.m. 2014
On October 13, admired political activist and author Cornel West and 42 other protesters were arrested during a march in Ferguson, Missouri, as they called for the arrest of the officer who shot Mike Brown. Following the killings of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, and so many under-recognized others, the Brown shooting has kept America’s issues with racial inequality at the forefront of our cultural consciousness. Now, Lisa Bloom, an NBC journalist and trial attorney who extensively covered the trial of George Zimmerman, Martin’s shooter, has published a book that dives into the systemic inequalities underlying the jury’s resolution to acquit Zimmerman, a verdict that angered and broke spirits around the world. In Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, Bloom confronts gun legislation, America’s justice system, and institutionalized racial inequality through a detailed retelling of the case. The book includes illuminating interviews with the only juror of color on the case; the state’s key witness, Rachel Jeantel; and the assigned medical examiner. Bloom will be at Revolution Books (2425 Channing Way, Berkeley) on Wednesday to read from and discuss her book.