On Saturday, August 26 2017, the re-entry community organization Genesis screened MILWAUKEE 53206 in partnership with Family House, an assisted living facility. Beginning at 10 AM and ending at 3 PM, the screening unveiled the gross national problems of excessive sentencing and unjust parole policies. Usually told from the outside looking in, we purposefully showed it from the inside looking out.
Designed in block party fashion, the Mobile Media Van positioned itself in the middle of the block geared with amplified speakers equipped with 3 professional barbers inside set up to perform haircuts for the allotment of time. Free School supplies and food was handed out in the courtyard behind Family House and received by many. Many families came out in droves to watch the movie and fellowship in community. As an incentive, city officials and Police officers also supported our efforts by participating in the festivities.
Beverly Walker spoke elegantly about her passion and support of her husband while updating onlookers about his current status. Arn Quakkelaar, Genesis Executive Director, Cordelia Taylor, and I revealed the new direction and initiative to combine ministry efforts in addressing recidivism and mass incarceration. In conclusion, our desire was to unveil our problem by the documentary and provide a solution for the community by being apart of the community.
Frank B. Woods SR is serving the inner city of Milwaukee with B.A.S.I.C.S, through Genesis in Milwaukee, Inc. as Program Director and core team member in the Captive Project all focusing on urban mission and the prison population.
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