Hope To See You at the Screening of “13th” Thursday Night, July 20th


Don't Miss It!

Don’t Miss It!

I am very proud of Our Better Future’s work in recommending the film and recruiting the panel for this important event. (

It’s hard to comprehend: Our country has more people in prison than any other country on earth. China, repressive as it is, imprisons fewer even though they’ve got four times more people. Other countries with fewer people in prison: (well, all of them, which includes:) Russia, North Korea, Syria, Egypt. And it’s not because we’re a big country — we’ve also got the most people in prison as a percentage of our population. We don’t think of our country that way. Though, that’s a particular “we” — there are millions of people in this country who understand this perfectly well, and have for generations.

Why is this true? How did it happen?

Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13th” explains. After slavery was made illegal by the 13th Amendment, lots of people didn’t want to give up the advantages of having slaves work for them. So, slavery was made illegal except as “punishment for a crime.” That’s one of many ways it happens. Chances are good you’ve received goods or services created by American citizens who are slaves.

Come to our free screening and learn about America’s mass incarceration and slavery situation. After the film listen or participate in the panel discussion with: A pastor and activist who spent 9 years behind bars; an educator and author dedicated to young people of African descent including those currently in, or recently released from, prison; and the Director of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Rev. Dr. Darren Ferguson, Kahlil Koromantee, Shannon Wong

Rev. Dr. Darren Ferguson, Kahlil Koromantee, Shannon Wong

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