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MMP Supports the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists with their May 13 Screening of “13th”

by May 1, 2017 0

If you cannot make one of the MMP screenings, our labor friends have an option: As part of the 2017 MayWorks Festival, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists will host a free screening of the film “13th” on May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council hall, 321 16th Ave. S., corner of Jackson street in Seattle.

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13th refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.



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