Suggested Movies and Webinars

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

posted Feb 1, 2016, 6:36 AM by Delia McGee

White Like Me 

"With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are “white like him.” He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible."

This video is also located at the Scotch Plains Library

Addressing Pretrial Racial and Ethnic Disparities

posted Jan 21, 2016, 11:38 AM by Delia McGee

Explore the history and context of disparities in the justice system, and why it is a relevant issue for pretrial justice. Identify opportunities to address disparities through data-driven policy change and authentic community partnerships.

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From the Bail Reform Webinar Series

Pretrial Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation

posted Jan 21, 2016, 11:35 AM by Delia McGee   [ updated Jan 21, 2016, 11:36 AM ]

Review the research underlying risk assessment and mitigation, and the strategies for selecting, validating, and implementing a risk assessment tool. Examine the application of assessment and mitigation strategies in local jurisdictions.

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Foundations of Pretrial Justice

posted Jan 21, 2016, 11:33 AM by Delia McGee

Explore the legal foundations for pretrial in the United States through an examination of Constitutional provisions, statute, and case law. Leading experts will analyze the federal framework underlying effective pretrial policies and practices at the state and local level.

Soundtrack for a Revolution

posted Jan 14, 2016, 9:53 AM by Delia McGee

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SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music -the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. 

The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young. 

The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church.  The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence.  The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights.

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION celebrates the vitality of this music.  Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Nanking), and executive produced by Danny Glover, SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION is a vibrant blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images, and thrilling contemporary performances -- a film of significance, energy, and power.

Scottsboro, An American Tragedy

posted Jan 14, 2016, 9:50 AM by Delia McGee

Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature

"In 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. The trial of the nine falsely accused teens would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions and give birth to the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to its historical significance, the Scottsboro story is a riveting drama about the struggles of nine innocent young men for their lives and a cautionary tale about using human beings as fodder for political causes."

For more information on this film, please click HERE

Vocabulary of Change in Conversation with Angela Davis and Tim Wise

posted Jan 14, 2016, 9:47 AM by Delia McGee

Vocabulary of Change

"Angela Davis and Tim Wise, two of this country's leading racial and social justice scholar-activists joined moderator Rose Aguilar on stage for a rare, unscripted and free range conversation on the state of contemporary global politics. They explore how our culture's uncritical embrace of pervasive individualism, the myth of meritocracy, and entrenched institutional inequality has led to racialized public policy, the privatization of education, health care and the environment, and the commodification of many of our basic needs, including water and food. Through bold discourse, with an optimism of the will, Angela and Tim call for new vocabularies -- a different kind of fluency and a different quality of literacy. With a shared reverence for historical memory and today's activism, they invoke the power of a new language to restore clarity and to unify global communities."

Prom Night in Mississippi

posted Mar 8, 2012, 10:48 AM by Sjm Administrator   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 7:39 PM by Delia McGee ]

In 1997, Academy Award-Winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to fully fund the Senior Prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to  be racially integrated.  His offer was declined.  In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted. Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom- in 2008. Filmmaker  Paul Saltzman creates a brilliant documentary as he  follows parents, teachers and students  take their friendships out of the classroom and onto the dance floor as  history is made. 

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