Check out this wonderful story about Homie Universidad Popular and how the organizers are using the film Homie UP: Stories of Love and Redemption to raise awareness about the impacts of mass incarceration on Latino communities. As Lilian Serrano shares, “Everyone can talk about the numbers, but the film gives faces to mass incarceration. For every person that is in prison, there is a mother, a father, a sibling or even children. I think that is a contribution to the discussion that no one else is making and that’s what makes this project unique.”
Many wonderful community organizations brought folks out to the recent screening of Homie UP: Stories of Love and Redemption. Many audience members had personal experiences with our prison system and enriched our conversations both before and after the film screening. Plus, the band Spit Freely opened the event with some amazing music. And the Homie UP team worked very hard prior to the event mounting and framing new artworks from Homie UP students to display at the event.
I bought this poster by Julio Salgado at the Facing Race conference this fall and finally framed and hung it above my workspace. I am knee deep in editing on the Homie UP documentary and find it comforting to look up at it when the material feels very heavy. He rocks a deeply intersectional and social justice approach to artmaking, plus a sense of humor. And he works across multiple media, including film, comics and the visual arts. I aspire to that. Go buy his stuff! If you like what you see, you should check out Culturestrike, Just Seeds, Dignidad Rebelde, Artists against Police Violence, and Favianna Rodriguez.