Please join us as Afrika Owes, administrative assistant at The Center for Constitutional Rights and community organizer, as she shares her first hand experience in an enganing discussion of the use of gang prosecution in the mass criminalization of communities of color. Hosted by The Intercept and CUNY School of Law, this engaging discussion will report on the largest “gang takedown" in New York City history. In recent years, large raids of gangs and crews in New York City — accompanied by intensive and often uncritical media coverage — have led to mass prosecutions of New Yorkers under serious conspiracy charges. At this event, commemorating the third anniversary of the “Bronx 120” raid, which led to the indictment of 120 people, we will discuss what happened after the arrests, with particular attention to legal ramifications and community impact.
The evening will feature the first public screening of the short documentary “Trouble Finds You,” about a young man caught up in the case. Kraig Lewis, the film’s protagonist, and Stephanie Tangkilisan, the filmmaker, will participate in a panel discussion, as will Babe Howell and Priscilla Bustamante, authors of a forthcoming report about the "Bronx 120” prosecution, whose findings will be introduced at the event. Community organizers Afrika Owes, Vidal Guzman, and Taylonn Murphy Sr will also share their experiences working with over-policed communities in New York. Alice Speri, a criminal justice reporter at The Intercept, will moderate the discussion.
For more infromation and to RSVP, visit the event page.