True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality
Dirs. Peter KunhardtGeorge KunhardtTeddy Kunhardt | 101 min
For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it.
Screening followed by a conversation with The Sentencing Project‘s Director of Advocacy Nicole Porter, alongside Caitlin Cocilova and Kristi Matthews from The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
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Screening followed by a conversation with The Sentencing Project‘s Director of Advocacy Nicole Porter and representatives from The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Nicole D. Porter is the Director of Advocacy at The Sentencing Project, where she manages state and local advocacy efforts on sentencing reform, voting rights, and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Her advocacy has supported criminal justice reforms in several states including Kentucky, Missouri, and California. Porter was named a “New Civil Rights Leader” by Essence Magazine for her work to eliminate mass incarceration.
Since joining The Sentencing Project in 2009, Porter’s work has been cited in several major media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio. She has given talks on state sentencing policy, collateral consequences, and racial disparity to various audiences including the League of Women Voters, NAACP, and the United Methodist Women’s Assembly.
Porter is the former director of the Texas ACLU’s Prison & Jail Accountability Project (PJAP). PJAP’s mission was to monitor the conditions of confinement in state jails and prisons. Porter advocated in the Texas legislature to promote felony enfranchisement reforms, to eliminate prison rape, and improve prison medical care. Porter received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. Her master’s thesis addressed exploring self employment among formerly incarcerated African Americans. She also studied African Politics at the University of Ghana, West Africa.
Kristi Matthews focuses on helping families, individuals, and youth in the District develop advocacy skills, use their power, and understand the importance of working towards systemic change. Kristi also helps people develop testimony and write letters to city officials to ensure that their stories are heard, and she coordinates the Legal Clinic’s Know Your Rights training schedule. Kristi co-created People Power Action, a community group within the Legal Clinic, and works on increasing the Legal Clinic’s community engagement by supporting various community-led initiatives throughout DC.
Caitlin Cocilova is an attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, where she works closely with community members and organizers to analyze and deconstruct how local land use and city planning decisions impact housing and homelessness. Prior to joining the Legal Clinic, Caitlin provided bilingual employment and immigration assistance to low-wage workers throughout Western Pennsylvania, represented youth in delinquency proceedings in DC, and interned at a public defender’s office in upstate New York.
- To overcome all these evils, Stevenson says, 'we have to be willing to tell the truth.' True Justic" is a step in that direction. ― Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times