Social Justice Team: Upcoming Events


Documentary Screening & Discussion

Friday, November 11 | 7:00 p.m.

Film Trailer

13th is an award-winning documentary by Ava DuVernay that explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass-incarceration in the United States. It discusses the economic history of slavery, post-Civil War racist legislation, and disproportionate rates of incarceration in our country. (African-American men are only six percent of our nation’s population but make up over forty percent of the prison population.) The Washington Post has called it “…a powerful look at how the modern-day prison labor system links to slavery.”

This film has won various awards including the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture Documentary, 2017 Peabody Documentary Award, 2016 Critics Choice for Best Political Documentary. It was also nominated for an Oscar in 2016.

Featured Speaker:

Mac Hudson
Community Liaison/Racial Equity in Corrections Initiative Paralegal, Prisoner’s Legal Services of Massachusetts

Mac Hudson was incarcerated for 33 years in the Massachusetts Department of Correction and litigated against the Department successfully on a number of fronts, raising civil rights violation. While there, Mac also held cultural and religious events to promote community healing.  He has served on the PLS Board since 2006.

Prior to the showing of the film, Mac will share his experiences of institutional racism that exists in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections that serves to shut out Black or Brown people in their custody from services.

This event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

*Please note that the film is rated TV-MA, therefore we do not recommend it for anyone under 16 years old. The film also contains some graphic images (including violence and historical photographs of lynched men) as well as racial slurs. For more information about this movie’s rating and sensitive themes, please click here: