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Screening and Discussion of “Plantations & Prisons: a History of Forced Labor in Louisiana” with Sara Gozalo, Engrid Hamilton, and Willow Katz

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September 26 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Join us on September 26 for a screening and conversation at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences with Dr. Gina Dent, Rachel Nelson, Sara Gozalo, Engrid Hamilton, and Willow Katz.

The speakers will discuss the short documentary film Plantations and Prisons: a History of Forced Labor in Louisiana, which explores the direct link between slavery and mass incarceration, focused on Angola State Prison & the state of Louisiana. 

This in-person screening and discussion will take place on the 3rd-floor event space in the Institute of the Arts and Sciences (100 Panetta Ave., Santa Cruz, CA).

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP is required.

Sara Gozalo is the narrative storyteller at the Promise of Justice Initiative in New Orleans and PJI’s staff union steward. Sara’s diverse educational and professional experiences have all been motivated by her desire to fight for the right of every person to live in dignity. Sara earned a Ph.D. in immunology because she wanted to help find a cure for HIV/AIDS. When she found herself craving a more creative means to fight for social justice, Sara moved to New York City and earned an MFA. Her training in media and storytelling through film became critical to her community organizing work as she began to use writing and filmmaking as a medium for activism. Sara is originally from Madrid, Spain. She is a queer immigrant who is determined to imagine and build a just world.

Engrid Hamilton is a formerly incarcerated worker. While she served seven years of a twenty-five-year sentence, the Louisiana Department of Corrections and Prison Enterprises paid her nothing or 2 cents an hour to paint & do maintenance. Engrid said: “I’ve even participated in murals…there was a person there who was an artist and she made me begin to see…that if it would have been cultivated at an early age…I probably could have been an artist. That’s how well I paint.” Engrid was released from prison in December 2021. She is employed at the Sewerage and Water Board for the City of New Orleans as a utility plant worker, training to be a pumping operator. Engrid is a senior at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Leavell College. In fall 2024, she will pursue the completion of two classes for her undergraduate degree in Church Ministry. Engrid Hamilton works to abolish the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution and involuntary servitude in the United States.

Willow Katz has been an anti-racist, anti-war organizer since the 1960’s. Since the early 1970s, she has worked for the freedom and human rights of U.S.-held political prisoners, Prisoners of War, and currently and formerly incarcerated people. Willow is an anti-imperialist, internationalist abolitionist. She opposes global racial capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, and genocide. She is a chronically ill and disabled lesbian feminist committed to the revolutionary queer, BIPOC-led Disability Justice Movement. Willow is dedicated to collective care, healing, and safety. She loves sharing learning, poetry, music, dance, and joy in a radical community.

100 Panetta Avenue
Santa Cruz, California 95060 United States
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