Tucson Showing Up for Racial Justice – Tucson SURJ Film Club: 13th
January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
As part of our work on Abolition, Tucson SURJ will hold a discussion of the film 13th on Saturday, January 30th at 1:00 – 2:30 pm MST. We invite you to view the film on your own (free link below) and sign up at the zoom link to register for the discussion:
Register in advance for this meeting:
13th is a 2016 American documentary film by director Ava DuVernay. The film 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.
DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the American Civil War through criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest formerly enslaved Black people and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings, and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weighs more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration affecting communities of color, especially American descendants of slavery, in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, discussing how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations.