The new book We Who Believe in Freedom: Activism and the Struggle for Social Justice (King Jesus Press LLC, 2021) by Alice Green, with foreward by Paul Grondahl, is an inspirational book that exposes readers to weighty topics such as police abuse and accountability, criminal justice and prison reform, and political abuse of power in Albany, NY.
The book, part memoir and part history, Green deals with these topics through her life experiences as a life-long advocate, highlighting the impact they have had on Albany’s black communities since the early days of enslavement, up to the present.
Alice P. Green is the executive director of the Center for Law and Justice, a civil rights organization she founded in 1985 in Albany, New York. A staunch advocate for implementing community policing, eradicating police brutality, and dismantling systemic racism, Green’s career highlights include serving as legislative director for the New York Civil Liberties Union, deputy commissioner of the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, a member of the Citizens Policy and Complaint Review Council of the New York State Commission of Corrections, and executive director of Trinity Institution – a youth and family services center. She is also the founder of the African American Cultural Center in Albany’s South End.
Green writes and lectures on racism and criminal justice, often providing commentary and analysis for many newspapers, television, and radio programs. With Dr. Frankie Bailey, she co-authored the book, Law Never Here: A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice (1999 Greenwood Press), Wicked Albany (2009), and Wicked Danville (2011 History Press) – the latter two on Prohibition. In addition, she wrote the afterword for Blacks in the Adirondacks (2017).
In 1997, Green founded – in collaboration with the Center for Black Literature housed at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and Plattsburg State University – the Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color, located in the Adirondack town of Essex, New York. Green’s other literary accomplishments include creating and editing several community newspapers throughout her career: The Voice of the South End, The South End Scene, and The Advocate, also distributed to persons imprisoned across New York State.
In July 2021, Green was inducted into the Essex Literary Wall of Fame at the Belden Noble Library in Essex, New York, a recognition reserved for notable authors hailing from that area. She also was recognized as a Literary Legend by the Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library in 2018. Green has earned a doctorate in criminal justice and three master’s degrees – education, social work, and criminology.