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Program at Orange Library Discusses Mass Incarceration, Race in America

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ORANGE, NJ - The North Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America,Inc. in coordination with Mayor Dwayne Warren, Councilwoman Andrian Wooten and Orange Public Library, hosted a viewing of the critically acclaimed documentary “13th” by Ana DuVernay.  

Over 60 people, including parents and children of the North Jersey Chapter and the Township of Orange, watched this stirring documentary about race and mass incarceration (which is also available on Netflix).  

“13th” is a powerful look at how today’s prison labor system links to slavery.  Named after the 13th constitutional amendment, which abolished slavery except as “punishment for crime,” the documentary uses expert commentary and archival footage to make the case that slavery hasn’t disappeared from the U.S.; rather, it grew into our modern system of mass incarceration, one in which many prisons are run by for-profit companies and prisoners can be paid a pennies to work for corporations.

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Immediately following the viewing, North Jersey Chapter hosted a riveting panel discussion that included Timur Davis, Director of Orange Library, as the moderator, and community activists Craig Stanley, Reggie Miller, Queen Alnisa, Taruck Tucker, Khemani Gibson and Walter Smith.  Panelist shared with the audience the work they do in the community, their views on the film and how we as a community can assist in helping to uplift our community.  

Karen Mosely-Davidson, Legislative Chair for the North Jersey Chapter, and her committee members, Darlene Winkler and Shell Williams assisted in presenting this program.  

ABOUT JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED:

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is an organization founded in 1938 with the mission of stimulating the growth and development of children through educational, cultural, civic, recreational, health and social programs inspired by mothers. Through its more than 230 chapters organized in seven regions across the United States, the organization consists of more than 30,000 family members which includes, mother members, fathers and children ages two through 19. Jack and Jill Chapters also support non-profit organizations through its philanthropic arm, the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, among the first foundations established by African-American families in the United States. Since its founding in 1968, the Foundation has granted millions of dollars to worthy causes supporting children and families.

To learn more about Jack and Jill of America, Inc., please visit www.jackandjillinc.org.

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