Mount Zion’s Tzedek committee, in coordination with the Neighborhood House, invite you to this discussion.
“13th” is a documentary film by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. It’s titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended “involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.”
The murder of George Floyd has raised calls for action, from criminal justice reform to defunding of the police. Many of us are asking questions to gain understanding and make sense of what we are experiencing. How did we get to be the country with the highest rate of incarceration? Why are Black and Brown people disproportionately sentenced to prison? What is the history of policing in this country?
Join us on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. for a conversation about these questions with Danny Givens, pastor and long time activist, and Nick Muhammad of the Black Civic Network.
We had a Netflix watch party as a congregation earlier in the summer and now we are joining with the Neighborhood House to bring more people into the conversation and get insight from Danny Givens and Nick Muhammad to connect our current times and local issues with those presented in the documentary “13th.”
If you have not watched the film, you can watch it on Netflix any time.
How to view the webinar discussion:
Go to the link from the Neighborhood House and follow these instructions:
- Register for a ticket on Event Brite.
- You will receive an email confirmation with access to the discussion link. Click the orange button that says “Go to online event page” to watch the webinar.
- The confirmation email will include a calendar event that you can add to your calendar. Within the calendar event, click the link under “To access the online event page, go here” to watch the webinar.
- View the documentary on Netflix or YouTube before the discussion.
- You will receive reminder emails prior to the event from Event Brite (the sender will display as Neighborhood House) with discussion questions and a Zoom webinar link.
To help get the most out of this discussion, review and think about the following question prior to the event:
- The documentary 13th depicts the institutional oppression of American Descendants of Slaves (ADOS) and tyranny of white supremacy. Given the present day oppressions that ADOS face, what would white resistance look like during the height of past oppressions? What would white resistance look like today?