Black History Month @ CMC: "Broken on All Sides"

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:36pm

The Civic Media Center and the Dream Defenders partner to bring a meaningful community Black History Month program this February! 

Our first event will be a screening of "Broken on All Sides", a documentary that explores mass incarceration and the New Jim Crow.

The documentary centers around the theory put for­ward by many, and most recently by Michelle Alexander (who appears in the movie), that mass incarceration has become "The New Jim Crow." That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explosion of the prison population, and because discretion within the sys­tem allows for arrest and prosecution of people of color at alarmingly higher rates than whites, pris­ons and criminal penal­ties have become a new ver­sion of Jim Crow. Much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today illegal when applied to black people but perfectly legal when applied to "criminals." The prob­lem is that through subjective choices, people of color have been tar­geted at significantly higher rates for stops, searches, arrests, prosecution, and harsher sentences. So, where does this leave criminal justice?

Through inter­views with people on many sides of the criminal justice system, this documentary aims to answer questions and provoke questions on an issue walled-off from the public's scrutiny.


Gainesville Books for Prisoners is another co-sponsor of this event.  GBP is a local group that sends free books to prisoners across the country.  They are completely run on volunteer labor and donations (books, money, etc.)  Please bring a book to donate to a prisoner, or a little extra cash to help with shipping, or sign-up to help fill orders! 

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 sug