Jim Vrettos is a sociologist at the City University of New York -- John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed The Elementary Forms of Statistical Reason (St. Martins Press 1996) and has written numerous articles on social movements, deviance and criminal justice for Tikkun Magazine. He was the facilitator for the Tikkun group of Spiritual Progressives in New York City for 10 years and taught sociology and criminal justice at Yeshiva University where he developed their criminal justice courses and supervised their criminal justice internship program. He is presently the creator and host for the weekly cable television show The Radical Imagination on Manhattan Neighborhood Network and active with Rev. William Barber and the New Poor People's Campaign. In 2011-2012 he along with other spiritual and political progressives including the activist Cornel West was involved in the first demonstration and trial in New York City protesting Stop and Frisk policies by the New York Police Department.