Join us for a screening and discussion of the Netflix Documentary “13th,” which takes an in depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of inequality.
In the years prior to the release of 13th, there has been significant rise in awareness around the amount of prejudice African Americans continue to face in the 21st century. The historical roots of this oppression run deep, as Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th reveals. The film looks back to the ratification of Amendment XIII, which states, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” DuVernay argues that a prison-industrial complex which statistically imprisons black men disproportionately and allows for their disciplinary servitude, has taken advantage of America’s black population and brings into question if this system ultimately acts as a form of modern day slavery.
Featuring a wide range of interviewees including civil rights activist Angela Davis, “The New Jim Crow” author Michelle Alexander, regular New Yorker reporter and professor Jelani Cobb, social justice author and attorney Van Jones, and many more, 13TH moves from the media-induced criminalization of black persons to the corporate privatization of prisons with eloquence, poise, and a cavalcade of statistics to back up its thesis on the dehumanization of black people in America.
A trailer for the film can be found here.
Per Netflix licensing restrictions, this screening will be of no cost to SCC members and non-members alike. However, please ensure your register online prior to the event.
Date: Friday January 19, 2018 Time: 9:00am-noon Location: Goodwill Easter Seals: 553 Fairview Avenue N, St. Paul, MN 55104
ADDRESS: 553 Fairview Ave. Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104