See the powerful and thought-provoking true story about the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), the people they represent, and the importance of confronting injustice. The movie follows the story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson).
One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them.
For more than 30 years, Bryant has represented people on death row and children sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in Alabama.
We have reserved a small theatre at the AMC Ahwatukee 24 to watch the movie with the community on January 19, 2020. The movie starts at 4:00 p.m., but we are asking attendees to arrive at 3:30 p.m. for a group photo and to purchase any snacks or beverages you may want before the movie starts. Tickets are going fast so get them ASAP!
AMC Ahwatukee 24
4915 E. Ray Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85044
After the movie (around 6:45 p.m.), we will head to Rudy's Bar-B-Que for dinner and discussion. All attendees will be entered into a raffle to receive a copy of the book that the movie was based. Dinner is on your own and you can check out the menu before you arrive.
7300 W. Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, Arizona 85226
The political climate in our nation continues to be toxic and divisive around many of the issues that are important to our members and our communities. Elections have consequences and policy makers are attempting to repeal civil rights protections, reduce regulations on big banks, and restrict school nutrition programs, just to name a few. Unified engagement is needed now with great urgency.
Understanding that we are more effective when we work together and leverage resources, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) created a social action task force to effectively coordinate voter engagement efforts in 2016. Coordinated through our collective partnerships with NAACP, the nine NPHC organizations commit to engaging communities collectively in local Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activities.
After seeing the numbers for African Americans in Arizona, we committed to making the national partnership a local priority. Of the 188,000 eligibile African American voters in Arizona, only 91,000 are registered voters. In the last 3 presidential elections, an average of 25,000 African Americans actually voted and in the last 3 mid-term elections, only an average of 15,000 showed up to the polls. With these numbers, the African American communiy could be a deciding factor in any statewide election so we are encouraging everyone to register and VOTE!