Thanks to cell phone cameras and social media, the epidemic of police violence against people of color has never been more visible, or debated, in American life. On Thursday night, Ideal Glass will screen Every Mother’s Son, an Emmy-nominated documentary film that profiles three mothers whose son’s were killed by the NYPD and who find themselves united to seek justice and transform their grief into an opportunity for profound social change.
This film portrays victims as real people and makes it impossible to remain indifferent or inactive about the issue of police misconduct and excessive use of force,” says Jill Nelson, editor of Police Brutality: An Anthology.
There will be a panel discussion afterwards featuring Iris Baez, mother of Anthony Baez who was killed in an illegal chokehold by New York City Police Officer Francis Livoti in 1994; African American artist and muralist Sophia Dawson; King Downing, attorney and founder of the Human Rights-Racial Justice Center and award-winning filmmaker and activist Tami Gold who produced and directed Every Mother’s Son with Kelly Anderson.
Thursday night’s event will be held at Ideal Glass, an East Village arts center located at 22 East 2nd St. It will run from 7-10 pm and admission is free and open to the public.