Friday, February 10, 2017
Peace & Justice Film Series: 13th. - From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment
Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm
This acclaimed documentary on the history of black incarceration in the United States has won numerous festival and critical awards and been nominated for many others, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary of 2016. Selma DuVernay (Selma) makes the argument that the 13th Amendment, in abolishing slavery, created at the same time a loophole to replace slavery with the mass incarceration of Black Americans, a system that has continued evolving into the present.
The film was produced in secrecy and its existence made public only when its many accolades started rolling in.
"13th made me ashamed because it made me realize I'd stopped gasping. In its sweeping treatment of the history of American racism, the film brought me closer than I've ever been to understanding how it could be that so many people could have ever grown used to the moral catastrophes that were slavery and Jim Crow. How did they not wake up every morning, nauseated and panicked about what was happening? The same way people like me wake up in 2016 and take it as a given that there are 2.3 million people living in cages, a third of them black" (Leon Neyfakh, Slate).
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Highlights from An Amazing Experience with AMOS Health and Hope in Cumaica Norte, Nicaragua
June 23-July 3, 2016
- Amazing Rain - lots of Mud … but doable with the good boots
- Hiking long distances via muddy hillsides to 64 homes to survey water filter usage and make repairs
- Only 50% of the homes had or had ever had a filter and of those, only 50% were still functioning
- Needs for lots of education and determining why filter usage is low in this community
- We painted numbers onto the houses to make it easier for Catalino (health promoter( to do the census and track the families in the community
- Saw 50 children in our Health Stations Day - measured for height and weight and checked via a small blood test for anemia - 21 of the children still have low growth/weight levels and are anemic.
- All given vitamins with iron and education of the need for nutrition and diet higher in iron
- VOICES program provided an opportunity for the teenage girls in the community to learn more about themselves and how they can gain confidence and self-esteem... led so well by Angela and Rosario Caseres
- Lots of fun activities for the children including photos and decorating of picture frames, music - learning and singing De colores, making of a handprint banner, beads/bracelets etc. etc.
- So, a wonderful strong team, did great work, and are so glad we went and are in partnership with AMOS.
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