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Event planner, Ron Moss, with Merritt College
Faculty Member, Dr. William Love


On April 24, 2013, thanks to the tireless efforts of Ron Moss, TGI and the Associated Students of Merritt College (ASMC) hosted a free screening of the documentary, “Herman’s House”, about Herman Wallace who has been in solitary confinement in Angola Prison for more than 40 years.

 


The film follows the relationship between Herman Wallace, a man who founded a Black Panther Party chapter in Angola Prison (a true feat of activism and defiance), and Jackie Sumell, an artist who wanted to help Herman build his “dream house”.  The film addresses the injustices Herman faced and continues to face in solitary confinement, the importance of creative social action, and the transformative nature of friendship even in the most heinous conditions.

More than 200 students and teachers were in attendance and the film was followed by a panel of educators, artists, and activists (including TGI!) who took questions from the audience about the inhumanity of the prison industrial complex and how education, social action, and creative action can create necessary and positive change – though, panelists and audience members alike agreed, we need A LOT MORE education and action, if we are to topple the correctional industry.

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Victoria speaks about Street Scholars.

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Yema testifies to the inhumanity of the 

Prison Industrial Complex.