Discussion of the documentary 13th

In response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, and the resulting social unrest, many are calling for major reform, defunding, or dismantling of the Minneapolis Police Department. This is a difficult idea for many white people to consider. In order to expand our understanding of the complex relationship between black people and law enforcement, we will watch the video 13th.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. The film, produced by explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.

The video is available for free on YouTube. We encourage you to watch the video ahead of time and we will gather via Zoom for discussion of the film on July 1, at 7pm and at 9pm, in order to make the conversation accessible to as many as possible. For security reasons, we will post the Zoom link only on our Facebook Group page - you can find it there on July 1st.