We don’t know what the next iteration of this will be, but it will be. It will be. And we will have to be vigilant. – Van Jones, 13th
FIRST TIME VIEWERS: ALISA, ANDREW, BETHANY, CHERYL, JOE
In the current socio-political climate, we all agreed it was imperative that we watch Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary on the US prison system and racial inequality. We wanted to better understand the history of how and why our legal system has been shaped to criminalize the black population and fill our prisons with free labor sources, heavily utilized by major corporations.
Did you know that the United States has just 5% of the world population, but 25% of the world prison population? Or that the likelihood of a white man spending time in jail during his life is just 1 in 17, while for black men the likelihood is 1 in 3? Or that black men make up 6.5% of the US population, but 40.2% of the US prison population? Join us, as we grapple with what we’ve learned from this award-winning documentary.
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