Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Race To Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling Event

Race-to-incarcerate-poster-horiz.1000px[10]The public is invited to a special presentation by acclaimed cartoonist Sabrina Jones brought to you by John Brown Lives! and BluSeed Studios: “Race to Incarcerate: Creating Comics for Social Justice” on Thursday, July 31st at 7:30 pm at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake.

Jones will discuss her recent book, Race To Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling and using comics to confront social issues. Jones’ 2013 book is a graphic adaptation of Marc Mauer’s 1999 Race to Incarcerate, a classic examination of the cultural and political history of prisons in the United States. (Mauer is Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice reform organization in Washington.) This presentation is part of The Correction, a John Brown Lives! program to inform the public about prison issues in the North Country.

A member of the World War 3 Illustrated political comix collective, Sabrina Jones was persuaded to create her first comics by WW3 editors looking for a feminist voice. Jones also co-founded Girltalk, an anthology of women’s autobiographical comics. Her love of historical research led her to create graphic works on Isadora Duncan, Jane Jacobs, Studs Terkel, FDR and The New Deal, Walt Whitman, Yiddishkeit, the social gospel, and Wobblies! A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World. Sabrina became concerned about mass incarceration while working on the educational comic Prisoners of the War on Drugs for The Real Cost of Prisons.

BluSeed Studios is located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake. The suggested donation is $10 / students $5; refreshments will be served. Call 518-354-1261 or 518-891-3799 for more info.

John Brown Lives! (JBL!) is a grassroots freedom education and human rights project, a non-profit organization supporting human rights and social justice issues in the memory of Abolitionist John Brown. Visit JBL! on Facebook.

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