On the Road with the Migrant Caravan

On the Road with the Migrant Caravan

Source:  The Guardian

Thousands of Central American migrants headed towards Mexico City on Monday after three weeks of walking, pleading for rides, and depending on the solidarity of Mexicans of modest means.

One group of at least 1,000 caravan participants headed out at daybreak from the town of Córdoba, in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, hoping to hitchhike the remaining 185 miles, past the towering Pico de Orizaba – Mexico’s highest mountain – to the national capital.

They were following in the footsteps of about 500 marchers who reached Mexico City on Sunday night, where the local government has converted a sports complex into a camp for more than 5,000 people.

The caravan’s arrival in Mexico City marks an improbable achievement for the ragtag band of impoverished migrants who set out from Central America with little more than hope, dreams, and a few scant possessions on an odyssey toward the US border.

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Miami Dolphins’ Kenny Stills releases a mini documentary explaining why he protests during the national anthem

Miami Dolphins’ Kenny Stills releases a mini documentary explaining why he protests during the national anthem

Source:  Sun Sentinel

Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills has released a revealing mini documentary that attempts to explain the reasons behind his decision to kneel during the national anthem since 2016.

In the documentary, “Kenny Stills,” he said he was inspired to join Colin Kaepernick’s crusade designed to create awareness for social justice issues in America after finding himself distraught over the 2016 shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two unarmed black men who were fatally shot by police officers in the same month.

“I don’t think people really understand what it’s like to look in the mirror and feel like you’re not important, nobody gives a s—,” said Stills, who has spent the past three seasons as the Dolphins starting flanker. “If you didn’t play football you’re irrelevant because of your skin tone.”

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New VICE series “Innocence Ignored” examines life after wrongful convictions

New VICE series “Innocence Ignored” examines life after wrongful convictions

Source:  Above the Law

Over the course of the past three decades, more than 2,000 people have been exonerated for wrongful convictions. Have you ever wondered what happens to people who have served lengthy sentences for crimes they didn’t commit when they’re finally released from prison?

Thanks to VICE’s new documentary series, “Innocence Ignored,” you no longer have to. The series profiles just some of the people who have lost years of their lives thanks to the flaws inherent in America’s criminal justice system.

If you’re interested in watching a poignant, heart-wrenching documentary series about the problems present within our justice system, then look no further than “Innocence Ignored.”

The first episode explores the many drawbacks of Alford pleas. Future episodes will explore other obstacles the wrongfully convicted face, including forensic science (or the lack thereof at the time of their trials), compensation, and reintegration.

“Innocence Ignored” is well worth the watch.

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In “16 Bars,” Arrested Development rapper Speech joins the prison reform movement

In “16 Bars,” Arrested Development rapper Speech joins the prison reform movement

Source:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Todd “Speech” Thomas lives a blessed life as the leader of pioneering, socially conscious hip-hop group Arrested Development. But coming of age in Milwaukee, his life could have taken a different path.

“A lot of my friends were either murdered, committed suicide or were imprisoned,” Thomas told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His son Bakari, 21, was in prison for three years. So were three of Bakari’s friends.

Concerns about prison reform led Thomas last year to Richmond, Virginia, where he helped prisoners put their pain and heart into music as part of an innovative rehabilitation program.

The experience was captured in the new documentary, “16 Bars,” showing at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival.

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“Yours in Sisterhood” uncovers unpublished letters written to Ms. magazine in the 1970s

“Yours in Sisterhood” uncovers unpublished letters written to Ms. magazine in the 1970s

Source:  Hyperallergic

The concept of “Yours in Sisterhood” is simple: People read unpublished letters written to Ms. magazine between 1972 and 1980. These people live in the same towns from which the letters were originally sent. Information on the original senders beyond that postmark is unknown both to the readers and us.

Sometimes the readers simply read their letters; other times they muse on or respond to the words.

Director Irene Lusztig arranged for and filmed over 300 such readings in 32 states, and then winnowed them down to around two dozen.

Within the parameters that Lusztig has established, the documentary, screened last month at the Camden International Film Festival, finds many different ways to prod at and muse on feminism now versus in the 1970s.

Ms. magazine, with its pivotal role in second-wave feminism, exists here more as a symbol and jumping-off point. While some letters refer to specific articles in the magazine, we don’t hear their names or edition dates. Removed from that context, we have the conversations from various years instead of their referents, and those conversations are then mixed into today’s discourse around feminism.

In those meetings there are alternately affirmative demonstrations of how far society has come, dispiriting examples of how much some things haven’t changed, and striking contrasts in how the terms of certain issues have shifted.

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“The Advocates” examines the growing homeless crisis in Los Angeles

“The Advocates” examines the growing homeless crisis in Los Angeles

Source:  Deadline

Cinema Libre Studio has acquired the rights to “The Advocates,” Rémi Kessler’s documentary focusing on the growing homeless crisis in Los Angeles.

The acquisition comes as the film had its world premiere last week at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The film centers on both the historic and current causes of L.A.’s rising homeless crisis and the advocates working to house them, and features the campaign to pass Measure H which Los Angeles County voters eventually approved in March 2017.

Measure H approved a sales tax increase aimed to generate about $355 million a year for homeless services and programs.

The county estimates as many as 58,000 people are homeless on a given night.

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