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Michelle Alexander’s new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” will be the focus of two January meetings of the Jeffco League of Women Voters.

The first will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Lakewood Public Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood. The second meeting will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m., at Brookdale Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood.

An advocate and an intellect, Alexander insists that “the huge racial disparity of punishment in America is not the mere result of neutral state action.” She sees mass incarceration as a new front in the historic struggle for racial justice.

Next month, the club has chosen Supreme Court Justice Sonia  Sotomayor’s coming-of-age memoir, “My Beloved World,” for its February discussion group meetings.

“Anyone wondering how a child raised in public housing, without speaking English, by an alcoholic father and a largely absent mother could become the first Latina on the Supreme Court will find the answer in these pages,” wrote The Washington Post. “It didn’t take a village: It took a country.”

Two discussion groups will be held on the same book:  Saturday, Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m., at the Brookdale Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood; and Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m., at the Golden Public Library, 1019 10th St., Golden.

All book club meetings are open to the public.

LWV Jeffco is a nonpartisan organization that neither endorses nor opposes candidates.

For more information call Lynne at 303-985-5128, visit www.lwvjeffco.org or www.facebook.com/LWVJeffco, or call 303-238-0032.