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#GetWoke: Pushout and Prison Reform: Education and the Prison Industrial Complex this Friday

February 10, 2017
By Emmy Newman’17
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OADI continues its evocative #GetWoke series with a panel titled “Pushout and Prison Reform: Education and the Prison Industrial Complex” on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium. Continuing the OADI’s theme among the panels this semester, this Friday’s panel goes beyond police brutality into systemic issues surrounding race and human rights in the educational system. Following the showing of Ava Duvernay’s documentary "13th", the panels promises to be engaging while providing more nuance to the documentary according to Paul Dionne, inclusive success coordinator for the OADI.
Duvernay’s film explores the 13th amendment, which sought to abolish slavery, and how the abolishment has actually contributed to establishing different forms of radicalized enslavement within the criminal justice system in particular.

Friday’s panel explores the school to prison pipeline and how the education system has contributed to this new form of enslavement. Panelists include:

Nancy Hanks, chief of schools - elementary at the Madison Metropolitan School District, Marc Perry, community programs director at Community Action, Inc., Desiree’ Amboree, Beloit College student and McNair Scholar, and Dr. Atiera Coleman, sociologist and director of Beloit’s McNair Scholars Program, who will also serve as moderator.

A special guest on the panel, Nancy Hanks, was honored as one of the Top 100 most influential African-Americans by the website “the Root.” She continues to be a strong advocate for equal human rights and fair education. Together with the audience, the panel will discuss how this pipeline was created as well ways to reverse these horrible trends in education disparity.
According to Paul, this continuation of the #GetWoke series aims to “encourage people to think more about societal violence and societal brutality.”

Over the course of the semester, the panel series will continue with three more panels: March 31st - #SayHerName: State Violence Against Women and Children; April 14 - “Their Laws Will Not Protect Us” - Trans Lives and State Violence; and April 28 - Reproductive Social Justice: A Kitchen Round Table Discussion. Keep an eye out for the upcoming panels and attend to learn more and participate in discussions about disassembling systemic racism and violence. OADI has also  received grants to continue the #GetWoke series in the fall.