2024 Todo Cambia Merced Human Rights Film Festival

655 W Main St, Merced, CA 95340

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Activists and leaders from California and Virginia discuss ways to form alliances and share challenges in the contemporary USA.

 

Margaret Breslau is a co-founder of the Virginia Prison Justice Network and Chair of the Coalition for Justice (a 501(c)(3) non-profit). We work to transform processes of disempowerment, public and private policies, regulations, and institutions for those who suffer harm from inherently unequal systems through education, action, and working in solidarity with other volunteer and grassroots organizations.

 

Shakil Ali is the CEO of T.R.A.P (Total Reality Approach Process) a non profit organization committed to ending systemic racial injustice. He is also a National Peer Support Specialist and a Certified Life Coach.

 

Hassan Shabazz is a Certified Paralegal, and Co-founder of the Virginia Prison Justice Network (VAPJN) who spent 23 1/2 years in prison. He is also co-founder of Virginia Prisoner of Conscience (VAPOC) and Prisoners Rights Clinic (PRC). He is Public Relations Director for Freedom Over Everything (FOE), and he is a member of Coalition for Justice; The Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice, and Equality; and Community of United Focus. He is a music artist, and he also co-hosts a podcast by the name of Point of Impact.

 

 

Andrew Winn is a distinguished leader at the intersection of environmental and criminal justice, currently serving as the Executive Director of the Insight Garden Program. As a formerly incarcerated individual, Andrew brings a unique perspective to his work, emphasizing the transformative power of horticultural therapy within prison settings and holistic reentry support. His commitment extends to higher education, where he played a pivotal role in building and developing the Underground Scholars Initiative at UCLA and Project Rebound at Sacramento State University. Andrew is recognized for his expertise in addressing the challenges faced by individuals impacted by the criminal justice system while actively contributing to meaningful policy changes.

 

Arnoldo Trevino - After serving 25 years in prison, Arnoldo deeply values the opportunity to show current and formerly incarcerated individuals that change is possible. Since his release, Arnoldo, graduating Dean's Medalist, has earned his master's in social work, the position as the Outreach Coordinator for Project Rebound at CSU Fresno, and Program Manager for the Insight Garden Program at Avenal State Prison. Through lived experience and leading by example, Arnoldo inspires these men and women to reconnect to their inner selves by using education and nature as a tool to motivate them to move forward in life. When Arnoldo is not out trying to save the world, he can be found fishing, hiking and camping, usually with those he is trying to help.

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