On Friday, November 3, 2017 the General Baptist State Convention of WI, Inc. GBSC) – Health Outreach Prevention Ministry (H.O.P.E.) hosted a presentation of the Milwaukee53206 Documentary, followed by a panel and audience question/answer session. The event took place at Canaan Baptist Church – Education Building. Though the RSVP ended at 5:00 pm on October 31st, calls continued to come in the day of the event ending with an anticipated audience of 375 people. In attendance were over 320 people from varying zip codes across Southeastern WI. There were seniors, adults and children of various ethnicities and races. There was a large population of adults between the ages of 25 – 40 years old. During intermission, the General Baptist State Convention of WI, Inc. sponsored a light meal for all in attendance. After a 15-minute intermission, the guest panel session took place. The audience remained for the discussion with the exception of few that left. The idea to show the film was spearheaded by the GBSC President Reverend Dr. Garry Levy. President Levy stated that there is a special need…
Beverly Walker is the dedicated wife of Baron Walker, who has been incarcerated under Wisconsin’s old law for over 21-years. “He has been incarcerated longer than the time intended by his sentencing judge, he’s completed all of his court mandated and voluntary programs and paid his debt to society. Yet, why isn’t he home?”
Director Keith McQuirter provides an overview of why MILWAUKEE 53206 is the canary in the coal mine of the tragic impact excessive jail sentences and paroling policies have had on families and communities. “These intimate portraits, particularly of black families, are too often missing from the conversation about criminal justice reform.”
Rev. Harold Dean Trulear, National Director of Healing Communities USA, has an online discussion with Beverly Walker about how her church failed to support her as a devoted member with a loved one incarcerated.