BlackFest Digital 2020: Locks: Prison Systems and Racial Profiling
With government research showing that Black and mixed-race people are 3 times more likely to be arrested than white people, we have asked writer, rapper and founder of RiseUpCiC Ashleigh Nugent to talk about his personal experiences of being in a Jamaican criminal justice system, his work with RiseUp and his new book, ‘Locks’. Hosted by performer and architect Tayo Aluko, Nugent will be sitting alongside writer D. Hunter, and author and death-row prisoner Keith LaMar.
Hunter is the writer of ‘Chav Solidarity’ and ‘Tracksuits, Traumas and Class Traitors’, which he wrote to talk about his experiences of poverty, informal economies and social movements to examine class, race, abolition, care and community.
LaMar is the writer of ‘Condemned’, which is the first-hand account of LaMar’s experiences during and as a result of the Lucasville Prison Uprising of 1993. LaMar has spent nearly three decades in solitary confinement on Ohio’s Death Row, awaiting execution for crimes he allegedly committed during the longest prison riot in US history, in spite of an abundance of suppressed evidence that points to his innocence.
The floor is open to discuss the injustices of the prison systems, racial profiling, rehabilitation and prison abolishment.
This event is in partnership with UNITY Theatre, Liverpool, and will be live streamed.
Date: Monday, 21st of Sept
Where: Live Streamed Online, in partnership with UNITY Theatre
Tickets: FREE — Grab them here