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WIRE Youth Development Program
2015 Summer Math & Science Camp

WHO:     Kalamazoo County students who have completed grades 2 through 7

WHAT:   FREE Summer Math Camp sponsored by the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at Western Michigan University

WHEN:   Camp dates are July 6- July 31, 2015, Monday through Friday, 9 am until 12 noon. Some Fridays will be field trip days.

WHERE: Camp will be held at the Walker Institute, 1104 Welborn Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49008.

For more information, please contact Gus Calbert  at 269-910-9211 or  269-387-2141.  Deadline for registration is July 2, 2015.




Kalamazoo Equal Justice Initiative Proposed Actions:

  • Walker Institute Report: A Roadmap to Equal Justice in Kalamazoo.
    • By the end of the summer, the Walker Institute will produce a report  documenting inequities that lead to excessive involvement in the criminal justice system, especially as related to race and class, and will propose an agenda for change based on information gathered during the Unequal Justice forums.
  • Kalamazoo Equal Justice website to be developed. 
  • Goal setting and accountability Scorecard
  • The Walker Institute will serve as a clearinghouse for information on grant opportunities related to Kalamazoo Equal Justice
  • Formation of Kalamazoo Equal Justice Advocacy workgroups
    • Collective impact – avoid having disconnected groups working on the same problem
    • Best Practices
    • Citizen participation and engagement in workgroups


        Unequal Justice Data Sources                                        

For a graphic showing incarceration rates of various nations as well as the rates for each of the United States, see http://www.prisonpolicy.org/global/

For more information on racial disparities, see The Sentencing Project. http://www.sentencingproject.org/template/page.cfm?id=122

African American men in Kalamazoo are 5.8 times as likely as white men to become involved with the criminal justice system.  Bureau of Justice Statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting Program for Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, 2012.   http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=daa In addition, the rate of involvement of Kalamazoo youth in the Juvenile Justice System is among the highest in the state – especially for African Americans. See http://michigancommitteeonjuvenilejustice.com/

Kaiser Family Foundation, “Distribution of State General Fund Expenditures, 2011 http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/distribution-of-general-fund-spending/

This May Be the Year that Crime Stops Being a Wedge Issue http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/newsdesk/this-may-be-the-year-crime-finally-stops-being-a-wedge-issue-20150330

Enough Is Enough: There’s a New Push to Stop Incarcerating So Many People. Think Progress, March 27, 2015. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/03/27/3639186/enough-enough-theres-new-push-stop-incarcerating-many-people/




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Registration opens for 2015 WIRE Summer Math and Science Camp click to complete online registration and click here to download and print application


Tim Ready talks with WMUK's Earlene McMichael about Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo [click here to listen]

Is America Dreaming? Understanding Social Mobility by Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves [click here to view]

Tim Ready presents the facts about Unequal Justice: Race, Class and the Criminal Justice System[click here to view]

Transition & Reintegration by Carol Cramer Brooks [click here to view]

Disrupting the Pipeline to Prison Through Prevention by Luchara Wallace [click here to view]




Tim Ready presents Kalamazoo United for Shared Prosperity: Basic Principles and Proposed Strategy to Kalamazoo City Commission [click here]


Tim Ready presents new data on the trends and demography of poverty in Kalamazoo at College of Health and Human Services Poverty Reduction Seminar, February 4, 2014 [click here]




Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Experiences, Beliefs and Attitudes of 2011 Incoming Freshmen Report


Walker Institute Report on Education, Race and Poverty in Kalamazoo








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