Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Currently Watching: Ava DuVernay's 13TH

The 13th constitutional amendment was ratified in 1865 and stated: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

I would venture to say that this film is essential viewing for every person living in the United States of America, especially those of us who are white (we have A LOT to learn in order to be effective allies in our communities). Currently, you can only watch it on Netflix, though several clips can be found on YouTube. 

The next several posts will focus on issues raised by this documentary: mandatory sentencing, ALEC, and what companies are still profiting from prison labor, as well as actions we can take to push back against mass incarceration, discriminatory policies, and racial injustice in our communities.


  1. Glad that this is making it's way around. I too believe that this is essential viewing for everyone in the US. I am looking forward to your upcoming posts :-)

    1. Thank you! I am still talking about this movie with every person I meet. I'm hoping it wins the Oscar, because it deserves it so much.