WHAT: The Texas prison system is at a crossroads: Where do we go from here? Please join us for a TEACH-IN with experts on the issue.
WHEN: Friday, November 19th at 12:00 pm
WHERE: UT School of Social Work, Utopia Theatre
WHY: UT MSSW students are working on a research project in collaboration with Grassroots Leadership to recommend a private for-profit Texas prison facility for closure. The teach-in will offer an interactive opportunity to hear about and discuss current issues within the prison system, including conditions of confinement with Erica Surprenant of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition; exoneration of the wrongfully accused with Scott Henson, Grits for Breakfast blogger; and MSW student, formerly incarcerated person, and prison reform activist Jorge Antonio Renaud, addressing the lack of moral support, training, or practice in Texas prisons. Last but not least, hear why now is a unique time to get involved!
OPTIONAL: Stay for a post-teach-in film screening beginning at approximately 1:30. Peace Productions has re-released WAR ON THE FAMILY: Mothers in Prison and the Children They Leave Behind. The documentary reveals in painstaking detail the destructive impact of incarcerating poor women of color for non-violent drug offenses. Along with the reflections of various advocates, the voices of these women paint a devastating picture of the far-reaching effects imprisonment has not only on the incarcerated women, but also on their children left behind.
The UT School of Social Work is located at 1925 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas 78712. Off-campus garage parking is available at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Trinity St. The Utopia Theatre is located just inside the main entrance to the left.