On Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Activity Center, Ballroom C, the Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program will be hosting our February Service Cinema. The purpose of the AmeriCorps Service Cinema is to provide a safe and interactive forum for students to engage in intensive and intentional dialogue about social issues as well as addressing ways to impact change and take action in their community to combat the injustice.
As February is Black History and Ethnic Equality Month, we want to refocus the Service Cinema around the issue of the Prison Industrial Complex. The Clayton State AmeriCorps program will be presenting a cinema that effectively includes both topics holistically. The service cinema feature Broken on All Sides.
Broken on All Sides is a documentary that focuses on mass incarceration across the nation and the intersection of race and poverty within criminal justice. 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. The documentary raises the idea that prisons and criminal penalties have become a new version of Jim Crow. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring Dr. Shannon Cochran, Clayton State assistant professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Lt. Maurice Johnson, Clayton County Correction Department.
Our hope is for students, faculty, staff, and community members who attend the Service Cinema to foster understanding regarding the emotional affects connected to being discriminated against and targeted by the Prison Industrial Complex and add more effective balance to Ethnic Equality and to promote dialogue on how to foster an inclusive community on campus.
For more information about the AmeriCorps Service Cinema please contact Jennifer Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org