The Society Pages

"The Society Pages an open-access social science project headquartered in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota and supported by individual donors and publishing partner W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. TSP brings social science to broader public visibility and influence."

You'll find a lot of great work by a lot of great public sociologists on TSP, including research relevant to current events, teaching resources, and podcasts with some ground-breaking sociologists.






Restore the Vote


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Restore the Vote MN is a coalition of groups who believe that restoring the right to vote for those living in the community will make the law more clear and equitable, save government resources, and encourage positive participation. We advocate changes to the law that would allow people who have served their time and are living in their community to vote."

Restore the Vote MN seeks to re-enfranchise the approximately 50,000 individuals living in the community undre criminal justice supervision in Minnesota who are currently prohibited from voting.



Other Stuff

Barrel of Monkeys

"Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) is an ensemble of actor/educators who create an alternative learning environment in which children share their personal voices and celebrate the power of their imaginations. BOM accomplishes this through creative writing workshops and in-school performances of children’s stories. BOM also engages the broader community in support of the visions of children through public performances of their work."

I have several friends who are members of the BOM team, and I couldn't be prouder of incredible job they're doing bring the arts and creative writing into Chicago Public Schools.

Minnesota Second Chance Coalition

"The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition is a partnership of over 50 organizations that advocate for fair and responsible laws, policies, and practices that allow those who have committed crimes to redeem themselves, fully support themselves and their families, and contribute to their communities to their full potential."

The MN Second Chance Coalition has been instrumental in advancing recent key criminal justice reform policies, including the landmark "Ban the Box" legislation (2009, 2013), expanding juvenile and criminal record expungement law (2014), and limiting access to juvenile records (2014).



The Sentencing Project


"The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration."

They are behind some really great work on disenfranchisement, juvenile justice, and drug sentencing policy.








 

Brave New Workshop

The Brave New Workshop crafts "audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy, improv and satire in Minneapolis, the Brave New Workshop (BNW) Comedy Theatre is a Twin Cities comedy institution, and a truly unique place to laugh, learn, think, and play. The BNW has been writing, performing and producing original sketch comedy, music and comedy improvisation longer than any other theatre in the United States."

If you're ever in Minneapolis, you should really try and catch BNW show! Their shows are smart, clever, hilarious, and always entertaining!
Give Methods a Chance

Give Methods a Chance (GMAC) is "a podcast devoted to research methods in practice. Listen to top scholars introduce a multitude of approaches to answer important questions and share stories about their experiences studying the social world. Designed for students, scholars, and society."

This is a new podcast project hosted on TSP by a few very talented friends of mine, Kyle Green and Sarah Lageson. These podcasts are not only useful for the classroom, but they've also inspired project ideas for my own work in the future!





Center for Community Alternatives


"The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) promotes reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights."

CCA has done some incredible path-breaking work on the use of criminal history disclosures in college admissions. They also work in areas of employment, juvenile justice, and advocacy.








 

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are my team, but they never win anything. Teaches me that sometimes life isn't fair.

But this video always turns the day around:

I don't know why, but this is my favorite video in the history of the interwebs.