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      July 10, 2020

      Friday   7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

      Oxnard, California

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      Film, Forum on Racism in America

      A Community Forum on racism in America, based on Ava DuVernay's Academy Award-nominated documentary film "13th," will be held via Zoom on Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

      Those who register for the event organized by the Chalice Unitarian Universalist Community Forum will be asked to watch in advance DuVernay's searing 2016 documentary, which is available free on YouTube and is also on Netflix. The film's title is based on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery and ended involuntary servitude, except as punishment for conviction of a crime. The documentary points to that exception as the beginnings of legislation and practices that replaced slavery with systems of racial control.

      Among the injustices explored are post-Civil War convict leasing of prisoners to work at plantations and industrial plants, voting disenfranchisement, Jim Crow laws, the war on drugs that led to mass incarceration, and the growth of private prisons into what reform advocates call a prison industrial complex. The film begins with a voice-over by President Barack Obama stating that the United States has 5 percent of the world's population but 25 percent of its prisoners, the world's highest rate of incarceration.

      DuVernay's film won numerous awards, including an Emmy in 2017 as the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

      The panel discussion based on the film will examine race in America, how we got here and what needs to be done. The surging Black Lives Matter movement and recent deaths of African Americans during encounters with police form the context for the July 10 forum.

      The presenters will be Martha Martinez-Bravo, Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Social Justice Fund, Ventura County; Michelle Grue, Assistant Teaching Professor of Writing and Literature at UC Santa Barbara; and Libby Higgins, a political strategist, activist and organizer.

      The Community Forum is co-sponsored by the Social Justice Fund of Ventura County. Those wishing to join the event should watch the film "13th" online and register for a link to the panel discussion at For information, visit the Community Forum website or contact Randall Edwards through the Chalice Unitarian Universalist Fellowship office at (805) 498-9548.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Film | Politics & Activism

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