There are always new and unique opportunities to get involved and stay educated about incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, their experiences, and the ways in which we can all advocate for change in the US criminal justice system. We at Root & Rebound encourage you to stay connected to all the amazing Bay Area community orgs, helping address the multiple needs of people in reentry as well as fighting for their rights to be upheld, by attending events and spreading the word — Your support is so vital in pushing this movement forward!
- “Sentenced: Architecture and Human Rights,” is opening in Berkeley on October 14th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Wurster Hall Gallery, UC Berkeley. It is an exhibit about the architecture of incarceration featuring photographs by artist Richard Ross, drawings of solitary confinement cells by people currently being held inside, and rarely seen designs for execution chambers built in the US. The exhibit highlights problematic and little-known spaces within United States prisons and detention centers that house activities deemed to violate human rights. The opening event on the evening of October 14th will include drinks, snacks, and a dialogue about the material on display with author Sara Shourd, Professor Jill Stoner, and architect John MacAllister. The exhibit will be held through November 21st, and is free and open to the public during campus hours.
- Come along to the opening night of the Welcome Home photography reception: “Getting Out and Staying Out” on October 16th from 5:00pm-7:00pm on the 3rd floor of Oakland City Hall. The exhibit features stories of formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents filled with resilience and hope! Booklets, including 20 of these very stories and photographs, will be available at the opening reception. This is a first of its kind photography show in California, so please encourage people to attend!
- On October 19th, there is great opportunity to learn more about California’s over reliance on incarceration through the lens of five different formerly incarcerated men and women. “I’ll tell my story” is a free event, open to the public. It will be held at the New Parkway Theater on Sunday, October 19th from 12:30pm-2:30pm and will include a discussion after the screening. This event will include a video of five 3-minute digital stories made by formerly incarcerated people, to share their experiences of being locked up. Tickets are available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ill-tell-my-story-tickets-13356841673.
- Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 15, 11:30am-3:30pm if you want to have the extraordinary opportunity of coming inside San Quentin to attend Brothers in Pen Annual Public Reading! This is a reading of works by the Creative Writing class inside San Quentin. Each member of the class will read a 5-minute piece and there will be time for Q&A. These readings are engaging, lively and unforgettable. If you are interested in attending, please contact Zoe M. via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15 (to give plenty of time for clearances). And don’t forget to pass the word to anyone you think might be interested!
– The R&R Team