Join Brave New Films for a virtual screening and discussion of the short documentary, “Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem.”
George Gascón – George Gascón is the District Attorney of Los Angeles County and is the nation’s first police chief to become District Attorney. Gascón has led the growing movement of progressive prosecutors. As San Francisco’s District Attorney (elected twice), Gascón reduced the jail population by nearly 30% while simultaneously reducing violent crime to historic lows, showing that we can simultaneously lower incarceration rates without compromising public safety.
Angelique Evans – Organizer, Young Women’s Freedom Center – Angelique was born and raised in Oakland California. During a traumatic childhood and addiction Angelique began to cycle in and out of juvenile detention centers and eventually prison. Through her incarceration, she witnessed first hand the abuse and trauma that is inflicted upon system-impacted folks by the deputies and correctional officers.
Summer Lacey – Director of Criminal Justice, ACLU Southern California – Before joining ACLU of Southern California, Summer worked as Senior Legal Counsel at The Justice Collaborative (TJC). Prior to joining TJC, Summer worked as a Deputy Federal Public Defender at the Los Angeles Office of the Federal Public Defender.
Alexandra Natapoff – Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, award-winning legal scholar, and a criminal justice expert. Her book Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal, is the inspiration for this film. She writes about criminal courts, public defense, plea bargaining, wrongful convictions, and race and inequality in the criminal system.
Gaye Theresa Johnson – Associate Professor of Chicano Studies and African American Studies at UCLA – Professor Johnson writes and teaches on race, cultural politics, and freedom struggles. She is the author of two books: “Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles” and “Futures of Black Radicalism,” co-edited with Alex Lubin and published with Verso Press.
Robert Greenwald – Director, Racially Charged and President of Brave New Films, a nonprofit film company that he founded after a career in commercial television and film to motivate and educate viewers on the most pressing issues of the day. Brave New Films distributes its work for free through social media and in concert with nonprofit partners and movements.
League of Women Voters Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City
ACLU of Southern California
UCLA Law School, Criminal Justice Program
Loyola Law School
Los Angeles District Attorney Accountability Coalition
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