General Meeting: Screening of ''Rikers an American Jail"
The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. Rikers Island embodies the egregious lack of humanity that exist within our carceral system. More than 7,500 people are detained at Rikers Island on any given day, and almost 80% have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival.
Join us for a screening of RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL, a riveting new documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.
Moderator, Professor Kirk James, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Mr. Five Mualimm - AK, Activist, Human Rights Defender
Roosevelt Arrington, Community Activist
Vidal Guzman, Community Organizer, JustLeadershipUSA