[Hac-announce] Humanist Cinema FRIDAY NIGHT, April 5

David E Schafer deschafer at comcast.net
Wed May 1 12:32:31 EDT 2013

Below is an announcement of this Friday evening's potluck dinner (optional) 
and USNH Cinema.  You're invited!


"THE HOUSE I LIVE IN" -- This documentary is a stunningly suited 
companion-piece to the UUA's Common Read for 2012-13, Michelle Alexander's 
"The New Jim Crow."  The film's producers offer the following synopsis: 
"From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, 
[this film is] a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, 
revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy."  And 
here's a selection of viewers' comments:

"I just finished reading 'The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of 
Colorblindness' by Michelle Alexander and this movie was a great 

 "A well-rounded look at the drug 'war,' racism, classism, and how they all 
connect to our judicial system."

 "This is a very good entry point into people becoming aware of the drug war 
that is happening in America."

"So much effort and money spent, with the end result that we have 
accomplished worse than nothing."

"[This film is] a really stunning look at reality for those who have bought 
into the villainization of drug users and sellers that has been the norm of 
American media and entertainment for decades. This film helped me to learn 
about the elephant in the room when it comes to U.S. politics, justice, and 
economics. Here's my full endorsement: Thanks for the education! . The roots 
are in floundering desperation which.we cause   with prejudice, bigotry, 
miseducation and corralled poverty. The 'drug war' is one aspect of a war on 
the poor."

"[It] is a detailed and critical look at 'the War on Drugs,' now more than 
40 years on since President Nixon declared that war in 1971..  The picture 
that eventually emerges is devastatingly bleak: despite over $1 trillion 
spent and 45,000,000 arrests since 1971, the situation today is no better 
now than it was then, if anything, it is a lot worse."

"I thought this movie was really well done, the way it developed the topic 
and presented it. This along with Ken Burns film 'Central Park Five' and the 
book 'The New Jim Crow' by Michelle Alexander paint[s] a tragic picture of 
injustice right here in America. I first heard about this issue on NPR when 
they interviewed Michelle Alexander on her book. It grabbed me right away. I 
highly recommend this movie."

The USNH Adult Religious Education Committee and the Anti-Racism Group 
warmly invite you to join us for this month's Potluck Dinner/USNH Cinema 
this Friday, May 3:  Dinner (optional) at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall, 
screening promptly at 7:00, to be followed by an open discussion.  You won't 
want to miss it!

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