Screening and Discussion-True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight For Equality

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Join us for a screening and discussion about HBO's documentary, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight For Equality

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For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it. Told primarily in his own words, True Justice shares Bryan Stevenson’s experience with a criminal justice system that, he asserts, “treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.” The burden of facing this system is explored in candid interviews with associates, close family members and clients.

This feature documentary focuses on Stevenson’s life and career – particularly his indictment of the U.S. criminal justice system for its role in codifying modern systemic racism – and tracks the intertwined histories of slavery, lynching, segregation and mass incarceration. Highlighting watershed moments involving cases and clients, True Justice offers a rare glimpse into the human struggle that is required when the poor and people of color are wrongly condemned or unfairly sentenced, and explores the personal toll it has taken on Stevenson and his colleagues.

The film chronicles Stevenson’s work in Alabama, birthplace of the civil rights movement and home to the Equal Justice Initiative, as well as the early influences that drove him to become an advocate for the poor and the incarcerated. As a young lawyer in the 1980s, he witnessed firsthand how courts unfairly applied the death penalty based on race and how the Supreme Court ultimately declared that racial bias in the administration of the death penalty was “inevitable.”

Immediately following the viewing of this documentary, there will be a discussion about the film led by Tina Strawn, who is an antiracism educator, social justice activist and yoga teacher. A large part of Tina's work centers around the Equal Justice Initiative, as Tina leads 3 day antiracism + yoga trips to the National Museum of Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, where she leads participants using the practice and philosophy of yoga as tools to dismantle racism.

This event is being hosted in partnership with LMRC, Liberal Moms of Roswell and Cobb. Light snacks and wine will be served, but feel free to bring your own food. Childcare is not available, but children and young people are welcome.

Upon registering to attend this event, you will receive the address to the venue which is located in Marietta, GA (East Cobb).

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