A Dialogue about Wrongful Convictions, Structural Racism, and State-Sponsored Violence and the Impact on Black Communities in Massachusetts.
The Innocent Convicts Film Screenings and Panel Discussions have been hosted by various organizations including: At the Massachusetts State Assembly on Monday, January 27, 2020. Keynote Speech was delivered by State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton).
VIRTUAL MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH
The Social Justice Circle (The Innocent Convicts, DAC Enterprises and Her'tazhe Productions), in collaboration with DAC ENTERPRISES INC hosted a successful virtual Mothers Day Brunch, bringing together wives and mothers of Innocent Convicts, some exonerated while others are still fighting for their freedom. The virtual gathering received favorable and positive feedback.
Previous Screenings of The Innocent Convicts by:
1. Host: Emerson College
Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Ansin Building
180 Tremont Street,
Boston, MA 02116
2. Host: Framingham Human Relations
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Framingham Public Library
49 Lexington Street,
Framingham, MA 01702
Co-Sponsor: Temple Beth Am,
City of Framingham, MA.
3. Host: Cambridge Public Library
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138
4. Host: Boston Public Library
Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Venue: Rabb Hall
Central Library(Copley Square),
700 Boylston Street,
Boston, MA 02116
All participants rated it as an excellent, intimate and supportive opportunity to bond with others experiencing a similar plight.
Events The Innocent Convicts participated in:
1. Massachusetts Trial Court
February 27, 2020 at 6:00 - 8:00PM
Roxbury Community College
1234 Columbus Ave., Academic Building,
Roxbury Crossing, MA
A hearing from community members about their experiences with the court system and to explore ways to improve the delivery of justice.
2. Free At Last! The Wrongful Conviction of
November 15, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
The Center at the Heights
300 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494
A Celebration of Sean's Freedom, former student from Needham Public Schools who served almost 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. A discussion about wrongful convictions in Massachusetts, the continued role of racial bias in our criminal justice system, and the critical work of the New England Innocence Project.
3. 23rd Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace
Host: Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
May 12, 2019. 8:00 AM - 12 Noon
The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a beloved Boston tradition and celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. A six-mile walk from Dorchester to Boston City Hall to support advocacy, training and intervention services provided by the Institute, and to continue to demand dignity and compassion for all families impacted by murder.
4. SCDAO Town Hall
March 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
184 Dudley St
Boston, MA 02119
First of DA Rollins quarterly community sessions where she and members of her Executive Office shared Reports out of the office and followed by a live Q&A session.
5. Remain Free: An Author Talk with
July 7, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
In 2011, Troy Anthony Davis, a black man convicted of murdering white police officer Mark MacPhail in cold blood, was the world’s most famous death row inmate. In the twenty-two years since the murder, Davis had faced four execution dates. The day after one of those execution dates, a fifteen-year-old named Gautam Narula wrote Davis a letter.
In his award-winning memoir Remain Free, Gautam Narula details his unlikely friendship with Troy Davis, a man wrongfully accused of killing a police officer. Drawing upon hundreds of hours of conversations, letters, and personal visits, the memoir explores the issues that plague the criminal justice system. Remain Free is a brutally honest expression of humanity existing in even the darkest of places. Co-hosted by the Boston Public Library, Kavita Chhibber.com, and the South Asian Arts and Cultural Council.
6. Lowell Lecture
Bernice King - Minister, Attorney & Daughter of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
May 10, 2018 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Boston Public Library - Rabb Lecture Hall
700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
Nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful, motivating, and life changing speakers, Bernice A. King leaves her audiences spell bound and challenges people to raise the standard. Born the youngest daughter of Coretta Scott King and the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., King is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law degrees from Emory University. She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
To participate in a week long (July 24-31, 2020) virtual tour of a "justice system" exhibit, click on the MORE page to view the Flyer. The Zoom link for each session will appear here.