Empowermee and Burchfield Penney Art Center Event

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Being There: How Mass Incarceration Imprisons Communities

Thursday, May 16, 2013

6pm- Burchfiled Penney Art Center


Bruce Jackson, Dominoes on Death Row, Texas, 1979. printed13x19
According to the New York Times, among African-Americans who have grown up during the era of mass incarceration, one in four has had a parent locked up at some point during childhood. For black men in their 20s and early 30s without a high school diploma, the incarceration rate is so high – nearly 40 percent nationwide – that they’re more likely to be behind bars than to have a job.No one denies that some people belong in prison but mass incarceration increases poverty, disrupts families and children left behind are more likely to suffer academically and socially.

How do we create a penal system more effective for society as a whole? Give a second chance to thousands of young ex-offenders transitioning back into their communities?

Join McMillan Empowerment Enterprise and the Burchfield Penney for a discussion on crime, custody and community at the Center,1300 Elmwood Avenue, Thursday, May 16, 6 PM. The evening kicks with an exclusive guided tour of the Being There: Bruce Jackson, Photographs 1962-2012 exhibition. Bruce Jackson will share of his award-winning work and experiences documenting prison systems on view at the Center.

A panel discussion moderated by Buffalo News columnist Rod Watson follows:

Karima Amin, founder/director, Prisoners Are People Too

Ron Stewart, Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo State Sociology Department

Umar Adeyola – founder, HEART (Helping Empower At-Risk Teens)

Alfonso Carter – ex-offender and successful entrepreneur

Please RSVP to no later than Tuesday, May 14. Donations to the Burchfield Penney Art Center are welcome.