February 2014 Update

By: Wynton Wong

Spring Break is officially upon us, fellow Tar Heels, not that you would know it by the weather forecasts (currently 36 degrees and raining with a “wintery mix” on the way). Fortunately, SOW-UNC is hard at work and ready to hit the ground running when the reprieve from midterms ends and classes resume.

In the past month SOW has hosted a movie screening, released its promotional video, visited the Prison Collective, and contacted some amazing people involved with prison education.

We screened The House I Live In, a documentary about the American criminal justice system that I highly recommend to anyone interested in human rights, especially if you are interested in the American justice system (it’s on Netflix Instant Streaming.) At the screening we also premiered our Whiteboard Promotional video, we hope that it clarifies what we do and inspires you all to join us. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here, along with some behind-the-scenes photos.

Earlier in the month, we sent a crew out to Carrboro to visit the Prison Books Collective, where we interviewed the folks who spend their time bringing books to incarcerated individuals in North Carolina and other states throughout the South. Lisa wrote a post about our time there, so check that out too if you haven’t. We learned a lot and had a great time meeting people dedicated to improving conditions for prisoners. We are continuing to connect with experts and people involved with education and incarcerated individuals including Gabrielle with Black and Pink.

Black and Pink is an organization that supports LGBTQ individuals in the prison system. It runs programs that work to fight against violence and injustices in the prison system. They also run a pen pal program to help incarcerated people connect to the world. We are excited to work with Gabrielle as well as many others who work in this field.

We are excited to share everything we make and raise awareness about this cause.

Continue to check the blog for updates and sneak peeks.

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