Screening & discussion of documentary 13th at William Hall Library

Screening & Discussion of Documentary 13th at William Hall Library 
The Cranston Public Library will be providing a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary 13th at the William Hall Library on Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 PM. 
Following the screening, a community conversation will be led by a panel of guest speakers including James Vincent (President, NAACP Providence Branch), Jennifer Magaw (Rhode Island ACLU Board Member), Vanessa Flores-Maldonado (STEP UP Network) and Professor Leslie Grinner (Rhode Island College, Gender and Women’s Studies Program). 
13th, directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma), powerfully explores racial inequity in the United States by charting the path from slavery to modern mass incarceration.  The documentary, released in October 2016 by Netflix, was recently made available for free public screenings by the streaming service
The event’s panelists represent the following organizations and missions:
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People  (NAACP) is a non-profit organization established with the objective of insuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority groups. The Providence Branch was founded in 1910, and we are proud to welcome the Branch’s President, James Vincent to the panel. 
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to upholding and protecting the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Founded in the 1920s, the ACLU is comprised of more than 500,000 members and more than fifty affiliates and chapters nationwide. On March 30, we welcome Board Member Jennifer Magaw to our panel. 
The Standing Together to End Profiling and Undo Poverty (STEP UP) Network is comprised of the Providence Youth Student Movement, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, American Friends Service Committee, and the Olneyville Neighborhood Association. It is the force behind the Community Safety Act a proposed comprehensive city ordinance to ban racial profiling and change the way that police interact with youth, immigrants, and people of color. We are excited to welcome Vanessa Flores-Maldonado to our panel as a representative of the STEP UP Network. 

In Rhode Island College’s Gender and Women's Studies Program, students gain an understanding of and respect for difference in their lives as they encounter issues of gender, age, ability, class, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and national origin in the classroom and in their curriculum. We are pleased to welcome adjunct professor Leslie Grinner to the discussion panel. 

This documentary contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion advised.

(release from William Hall Library)