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Ava DuVernay`s “13th”

By Jim Carey

Go with me for a moment and listen to David Bollier, Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication: “Both Trump and Sanders (and Elizabeth Warren on the sidelines) were borne aloft by their cries that the system is rigged. Obama confirmed this fact by failing to prosecute Wall Street for its colossal crimes…Clinton, who made dozens of speeches to Wall Street firms for US$250,000 apiece, was hardly a credible champion of change. To be sure, Trump offered no serious ideas for ameliorating the problems of laid-off workers and Midwestern towns abandoned by industry. But even his simplistic blather sounded more committed than the glittering empty promises that Obama and Clinton made for economic growth, trade treaties, high technology, education and job retraining as ways to restore prosperity…So now we enter uncharted territory. The two US parties are fractured and in disarray. The electoral process is incapable of speaking seriously to urgent needs, from inequality and race to climate change and the environment.”

Meeting and film
Occupy SMA
Ava DuVernay’s “13th”
Mon, Nov 28, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15, Centro

On Monday, Occupy will address race. The following Monday – climate change and in December – Economics and Inequality.

It’s clear from the recent election – especially from Gallup’s economist Jonathan Roswell`s finding that Trump supporters were predominantly from majority white zip codes – that racism is alive and well in the USA. Historically, the seventh richest colonies of the US were all Southern slave owning states. The prosperity of the USA was built on Slavery. Many of us learned that

“Lincoln freed the slaves” and we haven’t a clue about what happened afterwards. The Guardian describes 13thas not just any documentary, either: it’s an outspoken, clear-headed, effortlessly damning treatise that joins the dots from colonial America to Black Lives Matter.

The film tracks a devastating path from the US constitution’s 13th amendment – which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude – to 2016, when one-in-three black American males can expect to be imprisoned during his lifetime.”

“The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—’Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of 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 incarceration and the prison industry in the U.S. is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.” (NY Film Society)

Join us Monday for the film followed by a discussion. Our events are free.


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