Since I Been Down - Film Discussion & Advocacy for Justice Reform

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Watch Since I Been Down from January 30th through February 6th to be ready for the conversation on February 6th!

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A Film, A Conversation and a Call To Action

If you have registered for this event, you will receive a private link to view the film, Since I Been Down, at your convenience between January 30th and February 6th.

Then, we will come together on February 6th for a Zoom conversation with Kimonti Carter to discuss the film and identify ways to take action to transform our justice system. The Zoom link is on the Event Page here.

About Since I Been Down

Meet Kimonti Carter.

Joined a gang at age 11. At age 18, sentenced to 700 years in prison for his role in a drive by shooting in 1997. Against all odds, Kimonti became an inspirational role model within the prison system. As a leader of the Black Prisoners' Caucus, at age 34, Kimonti founded TEACH (Taking Education and Creating History), a remarkably innovative prisoner education program.

Kimonti was part of a community profoundly impacted by the city's disinvestment in housing, education, and employment as well as our policies in the 1990's.

This film, told by the people who have lived these conditions, unravels why children commit violent crime and how these children – now adults – are breaking free from their fate by creating a model of justice that is transforming their lives, our humanity and the quality of life for all our children.

Featured Panelists:

Gilda Sheppard, Director/Executive Producer/Writer of Since I Been Down

Kimonti Carter, Former President, Black Prisoners' Caucus and Founder, TEACH

Anthony Powers, Executive Director/Founder of the American Equity and Justice Group; Reentry Director for the Seattle Clemency Project; Founder of the Redemption Project and former Chair of the Black Prisoners Caucus’ Legislative Committee

Event Partners: Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative Northwest, Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, St. Joseph Parish, Seattle Prep, Seattle University, Jesuits West Collaborative Organizing for Racial Equity

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