June 28, 2020, 7:00 pm
June 28th– 7 PM Movie and Discussion: Bet Torah Social Justice Committee
Please join for a conversation about the movie “Just Mercy.” Adapted from Bryan Stevenson’s memoir, the film tells his story as a young lawyer establishing the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama 1989. Stevenson describes his experience defending convicted men on death row who received inadequate legal defense. We will discuss the movie as a starting point to examine racial injustice; and explore how racial bias continues to permeate our legal and prison systems. Prior to the discussion date, please view the film, available on Amazon Prime, Apple I Tunes, and other streaming services, on your own.
Originally, we had selected the movie “13th” for this discussion. After further consideration, we decided that the content of “Just Mercy” would be more accessible to a broader section of our community, including families with B’nei Mitzvah age children and older. We hope to create a forum to discuss the material in 13th at a later date, with knowledgeable speakers to enlighten us.