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JEFFERY ROBINSON

For over three decades, attorney (and now ACLU Deputy Legal Director) Jeffery Robinson has devoted his career to racial justice. In recent years, he has travelled the country speaking hard truths about race in America. “Our history,” he tells audiences, “has been stolen from us.” Weaving heartbreak, humor, passion, and rage, Robinson takes us through this stolen history, showing us how the legacy of slavery and U.S. imperialism impacts every aspect of our society.

A trial lawyer by training, Robinson has crafted a powerful closing argument, exhorting his listeners to acknowledge where we come from and face who we are. His words lay bare an all-but-forgotten past, as well as our shared responsibility to create a better country in our lifetimes.

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LIBERATED PEOPLE

Liberated People is a production company and lifestyle brand designed to inspire people to act. Founded in 2012 by actor and activist Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, 24, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and The Savages) LP highlights the liberation dates of nation states around the world. Dates of Liberation unite us as global citizens through our common struggle for liberation in all its forms, both personal and political. By intersecting art, culture and politics LP helps to create change in the world. 

Liberated People has the goal of mobilizing the demobilized populace in an effort to further the cause of global citizenry. Through information and broadening the scope of dialogue we aim to empower the masses with the knowledge that our struggles unite us more than our differences. Together we have the numbers and strength to create a fairer and more just global society. Speak truth to power.

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OFF CENTER MEDIA

Off Center Media is a documentary production company founded by sisters Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler.

In 2009, the sisters completed William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, an award-winning feature documentary, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, screened in over 40 other festivals, was released theatrically in 26 cities, and opened the 2010 season of POV on PBS.

In 1999, the Kunstlers produced their first film,  Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War, a short documentary that exposed a racist drug sting that led to the incarceration of over 10% of the African American community of a small Texas town. The video inspired national media coverage of the drug sting and its aftermath, led to state and federal investigations of the drug sting, helped the defendants secure new representation, influenced the passage of several bills in the Texas Senate, and prompted the federal indictment of the undercover narcotics officer.

The success of this documentary as a tool for organizing, advocacy, and ultimately, justice, inspired Emily and Sarah to form Off Center Media. Since Tulia, Off Center has produced over 30 documentaries in the service of racial and social justice. 

Off Center exposes injustice through the creation and circulation of media. We are committed to investigating and sharing stories of racism and oppression in the hope that we can help effect a country and a world where there really is equal justice for all. 

CULTURE PROJECT

Culture Project is often referred to as the New York Review of books of social justice in the performing arts.

Culture Project has been at the vanguard of storytelling that creates critical change for the past 20 years. Engaging audiences about difficult and frequently avoided subjects such as torture, capital punishment, racism, impeachment, the Goldstone Report, and economic injustice, featuring seldom heard minority voices.

Its strength lies in telling human stories. In addition to being recognized by numerous awards, such as the NACDL Champion of Justice Award and Court TV Scales of Justice Award, the work of Culture Project has impacted legislation regarding capital punishment.

Some past Culture Project productions include The Exonerated, which focused attention on six exonerates, wrongfully imprisoned, some for decades, and then released without recognition of wrongdoing or compensation, Bridge and Tunnel, in which Sarah Jones brilliantly described and portrayed a diverse spectrum of immigrants meeting the challenges of living in America today, and Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, which shone a bright and dramatic light on the atrocities perpetrated in the Guantánamo prison camp in the name of freedom, a subject of intense ongoing international debate and concern. 

JAYASHRI WYATT

For over a decade, Jayashri has produced major events and short films dedicated to promoting social and economic justice and human rights. Highlights include, producing the award winning play The Exonerated, that tells the true stories of six death row prisoners who were innocent and exonerated. As lead producer of the Blueprint for Accountability series she also tackled the death penalty, immigration, torture, racism, human trafficking, stop and frisk, child rape, mass incarceration and economic injustice.
She has also produced over 50 high-level productions at the United Nations General Assembly for the UN and UNICEF on global issues spanning climate action, the end of the transatlantic slave trade, ending violence against women and girls, refugees, internally displaced, humanitarian crisis, and advocating for the rights of the World’s most vulnerable and hardest to reach children. 

Vanessa Hope

Vanessa Hope began her film career in China while teaching a graduate course on “Law and Society” at People's University on a grant from the Ford Foundation and completing her PhD at Columbia University. Fluent in Chinese, she’s produced multiple award winning films in China: Wang Quanan’s “The Story Of Ermei” (Berlin Film Festival, 2004); Chantal Akerman’s “Tombee De Nuit Sur Shanghai” part of an omnibus of films, “The State Of The World” (Berlin Film Festival, 2007); and her own short films, “China In Three Words” (Palm Springs, Doc NYC 2013); and “China Connection: Jerry” (Palm Springs, Doc NYC 2014). She directed and produced a web series for NYU’s US- Asia Law Institute called “LAW, LIFE & ASIA.” Her U.S. producing credits include Zeina Durra’s “The Imperialists Are Still Alive!” (Sundance Film Festival, 2010); Joel Schumacher’s “Twelve” (Sundance, 2010); and the Academy award shortlisted feature documentary, “William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe” by Sarah and Emily Kunstler (Sundance, 2009). 

Civil rights are a common theme of her films, including her feature documentary directorial debut, “All Eyes And Ears,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, was released in December 2016 and described as “a deeply human examination of historical events, ideologies, and policies that have come to define U.S–China relations.” Prior to her film career, Vanessa worked on foreign policy issues at the Council on Foreign Relations with Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies Elizabeth Economy. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago in Anthropology and East Asian Studies. A generous grant from the Compton Foundation in San Francisco at the end of 2016 to be part of their “Women, Peace and Security” initiative allowed her to pursue a follow-up film to the China documentary focused on Taiwan.

Andrea Crabtree+Keller

Andrea Crabtree+Keller has been a paralegal for criminal defense lawyers for almost 30 years with over 15 of those years committed to working with Jeffery Robinson – from his private practice to his role at the ACLU.  She has dedicated much of her time to issues such as crisis intervention, abolishing the death penalty, and influencing the criminal justice system by supporting those who are caught in it.

 

 

Felicitas R. Jaima

Felicitas R. Jaima has over ten years of experience researching and analyzing historical information. Her areas of expertise include: the history of American civil rights, African American experiences in the U.S. military, race and gender, and Afro-German history. She has researched internationally, having spent years in both German and American archives. Moreover, she has extensive experience conducting interviews. As an associate scholar with The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany she built a critical archive of oral accounts that preserves the narratives of former enlisted women and military spouses. 

Jaima holds a Ph.D. in African Diaspora History with a second concentration in Colonial African History (NYU). She also has a Master’s in African American and U.S. History. Currently, she teaches at San Diego State University. Her research focuses on the civil rights activism of Black American military women in Cold War Germany.