Let the Spirit Move You is a celebration of ancestral belief systems that are a proud and important part of our cultural legacy as African descendants. The documentary focuses on the African based spiritual traditions that continue in Puerto Rico grounded in ancestral worship - espiristmo. Because of misinformation and preconceptions, to date there is little information on the sacred African traditions that are part of the cultural life of Puerto Rico. These traditions have generally been practiced out of public view and now with the advent of Evangelical types of religions labeling these traditions as “devil worship” many practitioners out of fear are going further underground or giving up these important historical ancestral traditions.
The US’ “War on Drugs” and “War on Terror” have produced a parallel system of state violence and social control, manifested through unjust prosecutions and the mass incarceration of people of color.
Join us on April 18th from 6:30-8:30pm for a town hall discussion as we hear first-hand stories from former prisoners, family members, lawyers, intellectuals, historians and activists about excessive sentences, discriminatory policing, suppression of political dissent, and mass incarceration.
Constance Malcolm / Mother of Ramarley Graham, who was killed by the NYPD in his own home
Jazz Hayden / Community activist & founding member of the Campaign to End The New Jim Crow
Faisal Hashmi / Brother of Fahad Hashmi, who was accused of providing material support to Al-Qaeda
Ramzi Kassem / Lawyer represent-ing multiple detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Bagram Airforce Base, & other US “Black Sites
Yusef Salaam / Wrongfully convicted in the Central Park jogger case
Noor Elashi / Daughter of Holy Land Five political prisoner, Ghassan Elashi
Shaheena Parveen / Mother of Matin Siraj, who was charged as a terrorist in a fabricated NYPD plot
Andy Stepanian / Convicted as a terrorist for his animal rights activism
Amir Varick / Community Activist sentenced to 25 years to life for a non violent drug offense
Alicia McWilliams / Activist & Aunt of Newburgh 4 defendant, David Williams.
Sohail Daulatzai / Author of “Black Star, Crescent Moon”
Steve Downs / Former lawyer in the ‘US vs. Yassin Aref’ case
After the event, if a consensus is reached, we will hit the streets for a solidarity march through Harlem!
This FREE event is presented by
CTENJC, The Campaign to End The New Jim Crow
In partnership with:
NCPCF-National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms