2017 Summer Conference Special Events
All conference attendees are invited to a screening and discussion of Director Ava DuVernay’s award-winning documentary,13TH.
13TH chronicles how the U.S. criminal justice system has been driven by bias and racism. The film is named for the December 1865 constitutional amendment (13th) that abolished slavery with the caveat, ”exception as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” Today, more than 150 years later, more African-American men are incarcerated, on probation or on parole than were enslaved just prior to the amendment. The US drives more than 25% of our world’s incarcerated populations, yet makes up only 5% of the global population.
A discussion, facilitated by Ron Clewer, COO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities will follow the screening. Before joining the Alliance in 2017, Clewer was CEO of Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) and a NAHRO member. In his role at RHA, Ron served as an advisor to the Police Chief and he routinely saw the inequity in the way young men of color were viewed and valued. In the midst of advancing a housing redevelopment plan in Rockford, he met local political opposition that led to a HUD investigation of possible civil rights violations by local city council members. He led and won a fair housing driven-lawsuit against the Rockford City Council to provide quality affordable housing in neighborhoods of opportunity. Clewer emerged as a strong advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion. He launched the Rockford My Brother’s Keeper initiative and currently serves as a sponsor of an Advancing Equity policy and procedures APEX group of social sector leaders.
Event coordinated by Club 21. View the trailer below.
MONDAY, JULY 17
Join other conference attendees for a final dinner and live performance of "The Projects", presented by the American Theater Company and the National Public Housing Museum. "The Projects" innovatively combines documentary theater with acappella music, body percussion and stepping to create a provocative examination of the successes and failures of public housing that poses the question, "What is America's responsibility to its poor?"
View the trailer below.