The semester is in full swing, and if you’re teaching Just Mercy there’s still more you need to know!
First, Ava DuVerney’s 13th has hit Netflix and it’s an excellent companion for teaching Just Mercy. Stevenson has lectured in the past about the direct line between human enslavement in the US and our current carceral state. DuVerney’s film is a much more in-depth exploration of this. Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom has created a list of discussion questions for the film if you’re interested in having a look.
Second, criminal justice reform continues to be central to Virginia’s electoral landscape at both the local and state levels. I’ve included tracks of two notable events below. A statement by Governor McAuliffe on rights restoration and the first of two mayoral forums on criminal justice reform.
I hope these are helpful!
Third, Art 180 and Performing Statistics have launched their I Am Powerful exhibit and it’s quite incredible. They opened just two weeks ago and followed quickly with a sign making workshop in anticipation of the youth justice parade that will occur at 5pm on November 4th. Please attend and lend your voice in support of incarcerated youth. You can see I Am Powerful through Nov. 7th at Atlas (and if we work together I’ll be booking us a tour!).