Mass Incarceration. The New Jim Crow. The War on Drugs. Thanks to Professor Michelle Alexander these phrases are now intimately linked in the minds of social justice advocates and faith leaders as we begin a critical struggle for fairness, justice and human rights in the criminal courts, police precincts and prisons of America. The Next Movement is convinced that America can do better, and that the majority of Americans would want us to do better, if they knew the truth. The truth about systemic incarceration, structural second class status, completely uneven law enforcement practices, oppressive and selectively enforced laws that is filling the prisons of America.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Faith and High School Screening Opportunities for The House I Live In

Charlotte Street Films and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference are partnering to host screenings of The House I Live In, an award winning documentary film that dissects the War on Drugs through insightful interviews with every aspect of the transactional cycle: drug abuser, dealer, police officer, prosecutor, judge and corrections officer.

The House I Live In delivers an emotional reality - The War on Drugs is an abject failure, destroying lives, families and communities,  and people of conscious should be outraged and recognize the need for immediate change to this cornerstone in the epidemic of mass incarceration in America.

Presented as 2013 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Commemorative Events, if you are member of a faith institution, or high school administrator or activist student, details of the screening opportunities are as follows:

  • For Faith Communities - National Screenings, Saturday, January 12, 2013 to register click here.
  • For High Schools - National Screenings, Friday, January 18, 2013. To register click here.
The Next Movement screened this film at Trinity United Church of Christ on November 4, 2012, and it was an emotion charged event. What a gift to the fight to end mass incarceration.

Churches and schools should make every effort to participate in this wonderful opportunity.