Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
Film and Discussion:
“Broken on All Sides”
The film, Broken On All Sides, is a compelling documentary by Matthew Pillischer addressing the racial inequities within our criminal justice system. It dissects the War on Drugs and ‘tough on crime’ movement, illustrating how the Occupy Movement’s ideology offers hope for change and explores possible reforms and solutions to ending mass incarceration.
Broken On All Sides centers around Michelle (“The New Jim Crow”) Alexander’s theory that through the rise of the drug war and ‘tough on crime’ policies, and because of the system that allows discretion for targeting people of color at a disproportionately high rate, Mass Incarceration is the new caste system in America.
Many of us are involved in Black Lives Matter groups that strategize to transform the current system as it is manifested through police murders of Black and brown People in SF. This film is key in understanding the underpinnings of racism, class, and the loss of democracy that create the existing system. Our discussion will be about long-term strategizing and the tactics we will use to carry out our mission.
I think the “elephant in the room” is the continuing, unabated killing of Black and brown people and the complete lack of any prosecutions, let alone convictions, of the murderers. So two “questions” come to my mind for people to grapple with: 1) Why is this happening and continues to happen two years after Ferguson and thousands of protests and actions, petitions, gatherings, etc. and 2) What is it going to take to put a stop to this? — Bruce Neuberger (Stop Mass Incarceration Network)
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