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Greenburgh Library’s Showing of “13th” The Documentary

Written by Sandy Bernabei, Member of the Greenburgh Human Rights Committee

On Wednesday, March 22nd, The Greenburgh Human Rights Committee and Co-Sponsors, NAACP White Plains/Greenburgh Chapter, WESPAC, Indivisible Westchester – Rivertowns and the Antiracist Alliance brought together over 100 people to watch the powerful and important documentary “13TH” by AVA DuVERNAY, at the Greenburgh Public Library(300 Tarrytown-White Plains Rd., Elmsford). The film was followed by a discussion with Civil Rights Attorney Mayo Bartlett Esq. (Law Offices of Mayo Bartlett, PLLC).

This movie is one of the most powerful thought-provoking documentaries to come out in a very long time.  It deals with the 13th amendment which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime,” so we went from slavery to prisoners -which leads us to the MASS INCARCERATION EPIDEMIC.

Last year the Antiracist Alliance of Westchester organized eight Community Read and Discussions of Michelle Alexander’s “New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”.

We are in the process of reviving this group of facilitators to host a series of community movie nights with structured discussions of documentary “13TH” similar to what we did at the Greenburgh library.  Contact if you are interested in coordinating with us to host a gathering in your community.

What are our next steps?

The Antiracist Alliance encourages all to participate in an Undoing Racism/Community Organizing workshop which is designed to increase our collective effectiveness in changing the outcomes of very systems examined in the film.

Please go to for more information about getting involved in the work of undoing racism.


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