Wednesday, March 24th, 6pm FILM SCREENING – 7:30pm PANEL
When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California’s women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. With a growing team of investigators inside prison working with colleagues on the outside, they uncover a series of statewide crimes – from inadequate health care to sexual assault to coercive sterilizations – primarily targeting women of color. This shocking legal drama captured over 7-years features extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, demanding attention to a shameful and ongoing legacy of eugenics and reproductive injustice in the United States.
This film and conversation is presented in partnership with the Mama Glow Foundation.
ERIKA COHN – Erika Cohn is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning director/producer who Variety recognized as one of 2017’s top documentary filmmakers to watch and was featured in DOC NYC’s 2019 “40 Under 40.”
TOPEKA K SAM – Topeka K. Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries – The LOHM, co-founder of HOPE HOUSE NYC, and an advocate for formerly incarcerated women.
CYNTHIA CHANDLER – Cynthia is a social entrepreneur, activist, academic and attorney. She co-founded the social justice organizations, Critical Resistance, Justice Now, and the Eviction Defense Center.
DOMINIQUE DAY – Dominique is the Chair of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a fact-finding body mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate and
report on the situation of people of African descent globally. She is a human rights attorney who also leads DAYLIGHT | Rule of Law • Access to Justice • Advocacy, an access to justice platform for intersectional racial justice and an accelerator for anti-racist practices in operations.
LATHAM THOMAS – Latham Thomas is the founder of Mama Glow and The Mama Glow Foundation.