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Top, left to right: Peter Goldberg, Piper Kerman (Photo: © Brian Bowen Smith), and Vivian D. Nixon; Bottom, left to right: Tina Reynolds, Susan Rosenberg, and Kerry Walk

States of Denial: State of the Union

Sunday, May 20, 2018

3–5 pm

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

When the program series “States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color” began in 2014, mass incarceration was not recognized in the U.S. press or wider population as an abuse of human and civil rights. Four years later, it is. However, although public awareness has grown, the United States is under a regime that whips up overt aggression against minority communities. What is the current state of affairs for women, children, and people of color? Are we in a better or worse place than four years ago, ten years ago, or even twenty, thirty, or fifty years ago? How can we confront new onslaughts such as unsupervised privatized prisons, inhumane actions by ICE, and predatory bail and bond practices? How might we think about organizing, in solidarity, locally, statewide, and nationally?

Join Elizabeth Sackler as she moderates a conversation among leading social justice advocates on where we are four years after the series began. Her guests are Peter Goldberg, Executive Director, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund; Kerry Walk, President, Marymount Manhattan College; Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black; Vivian D. Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship; Tina Reynolds, Co-Founder and Chair, WORTH (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory); and Susan Rosenberg, author of An American Radical: Political Prisoner in My Own Country.

Free with Museum general admission (purchase tickets for David Bowie is separately).

Part of the series “States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color,” presented at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Questions about this event? Email us at public.programs@brooklynmuseum.org.