Why We Care

by Kelly Amis Michelle Alexander’s New York Times op-ed “In Prison Reform, Money Trumps Civil Rights” is a powerful and depressing assessment of why more Americans are suddenly waking up to our nation’s status as the world’s most prolific jailor (while the U.S. represents just 5% of the world’s population, we account for 25% of…

Malik

by Kelly Amis Twelve years ago, during the last days of a Washington, D.C. summer, I met a tiny boy who left a big impression. I was volunteering at a day-in-the-country event for low-income D.C. kids; Malik was one of many who had climbed on a bus that morning to spend a day chasing ducks,…

Where Superheroes and Sisyphus Meet

by Kelly Amis Early in Davis Guggenheim’s education documentary “Waiting for Superman,” star Geoffrey Canada explains the title’s origin: as a child, Canada was devastated to learn that Superman didn’t exist, because who else would come save his troubled South Bronx neighborhood? Today, Canada embodies a real-life version of the superhero he longed for, at…