Evie Litwok, founder and director of Witness to Mass Incarceration, recently gathered a panel of individuals who have experienced incarceration to discuss gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV, among other nodes of difference, in relation to criminalization. The show aims to explore how oppression depends on and results in the disproportionate criminalization and incarceration of the queer Other, and how these individuals, particularly transgender people of color and gender nonconforming people, face discrimination inside prison. It will be broadcast on MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network).
Witness to Mass Incarceration offers a digital library of interviews with formerly incarcerated women, lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and raises awareness about alternatives to mass incarceration.
The panelists include Zahara Green, a trans woman of color who endured solitary confinement and was raped while in prison; Elizabeth Ramirez, a lesbian who, along with three friends, was accused of the sexual assault of children and was later exonerated after seventeen years in prison; and Ken Pinkela, a former lieutenant colonel, openly gay and HIV-positive, who was charged with exposing a younger lieutenant to HIV, without any proof of transmission. Green is the Executive Director of TRANScending Barriers Atlanta, Inc., a nonprofit that focuses on community capacity building in the transgender and gender nonconforming community. Pinkela is Communications and Military Policy Director of the Sero Project, a nonprofit that advocates against unjust HIV criminalization.
How to Watch:
MNN1 (Spectrum channel 34, 1994, Verizn Fios 33, RCN 82)
June 25 at 9:30pm ****
June 28 at 8pm
MNN5 (Spectrum 1993)
June 30 at 12pm
You can watch from any where in the world
Simultaneous broadcast at www.mnn.org click on MNN1, MNN5