National Media Reform in Memphis
The conference on National Media Reform wrapped up after a weekend filled with speakers, and talks directed at the state of the internet & national media as a whole.
Jones, whose organization promotes alternatives to violence and incarceration, called the jail "a huge slave ship on dry land" that would "create a new Jim Crow."
"You don't have to call somebody the N-word if you can call him a felon," he said.
The predominantly white, middle-age crowd applauded.
On the eve of Martin Luther King Day, Jones, an African-American, offered a politically charged talk with repeated references to the civil rights leader.
Calling the conference a "movement," Jones said the people in attendance have gathered strength from President George W. Bush's failures.
"Bush's presidency drowned in the flood waters of Katrina," he said.