Documentary Puts the Mass Incarceration of African-Americans on Trial

General poster 5-6-13 jpg_0On Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector will screen Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. at Armory Center for the Arts. The police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri this summer and the accompanying public protests and militarized law enforcement response should dispel any notion that Americans now live in a post-racial society. The more enlightened media coverage of Ferguson alluded to even greater evidence that racial injustice has reached epic new heights–through the mass incarceration of African-Americans in what has increasingly become a privatized, for-profit prison system in this country. This revealing documentary takes a bold, comprehensive look at the intersection between race, poverty and the hugely disproportionate imprisonment of people of color.

Director Matthew Pillischer examines Pennsylvania’s justice system as a microcosm for the nation and presents an array of reform activists and scholars to define the film’s broad range of attendant issues. Michelle Alexander, author of the groundbreaking The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, is prominently featured.

A discussion follows, facilitated by Jeanette Miyamoto of LA Voice, a lead organization supporting November ballot Proposition 47, which would reduce most “serious and nonviolent property crimes” from felonies to misdemeanors. Representatives from the Pasadena/Altadena Reintegration Council (PARC) join us to report on their community work with recently released prisoners. COLORS (Christians Offering Love to Overcome Racism in Society) cosponsors. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.