Weeklong series on mass incarceration re-entry, Feb. 3-7

In celebration and conjunction with February’s Black Liberation and History Month, Humboldt State University’s student-run organization, the Formerly Incarcerated Student’s Club (FISC) will be hosting numerous events centered around mass incarceration and our country’s prison and industrial complex.

From Feb. 3 through Feb. 7, the FISC will be hosting various forums, speakers and screenings for their “Re-entry Forum: Let’s Talk About Mass Incarceration.”

Starting on Feb. 3 at the Goodwin Forum, the forum will host Nube Brown of Prison Focus for their Liberate the Caged Voices – an interactive community event focusing on commentary and poetry of incarcerated individuals. Later on at the Kate Buchanan Room, Chief Justice of the Yurok Tribe Abby Abinati will be speaking on restorative justice.

The central event of the week will be keynote speaker Jimmy Santiago Baca’s presentation at the Kate Buchanan Room on Feb. 5. Baca is a formerly-incarcerated poet, activist, and author of several works, including “Martin and Meditations on the South Valley” and the screenplay of award-winning film, “Blood In Blood Out.”

On Feb. 6, a panel discussion forum will be held regarding re-entry post incarceration with speakers Mike Bishop, Joseph Osorio, Mark Taylor, and Andrew Winn moderated by Josh Meisel from HSU’s sociology department.

The Re-entry Forum’s last event will be a screening of filmmaker Ava Duverny’s documentary “13th,” a film that explores the relationship of race and class in our country’s prison industrial complex on Feb. 7 in Siemens Hall 108 from 11-1p.m.

For further information regarding the FISC’s Re-entry Forum, contact the Formerly Incarcerated Club at fisc@humboldt.edu.

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