In 1996, Fats (#RojaiFentress) was a 15 year old child sentenced to life in prison for a crime he did not commit. On the strength of one witness who didn't actually see the slaying, and with no physical evidence linking Fentress to the homicide, a jury found him guilty on the murder charge. It is now 2018, over 2 decades later and this innocent teenager — now 38 yrs old - is still in prison. #ThisIsAmerica This animated poem is written and spoken by 2018 #GuggenheimFellow, Reginald Dwayne Betts - cellmate and friend of Fats.
Animated poem originally created for Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice #caughtpodcast series in partnership with WNYC Radio, WNYC Studios, and The Root #SPEAKOUT - Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere #MLK #myfeminismis
CAUGHT: WNYC Podcast series:
America incarcerates more people than any country in the world. It starts with kids. On any given night, roughly 53,000 young people are in some form of lockup. Nearly 60 percent are black or Latino. We all make dumb mistakes in our youth. But for these kids, those same destructive choices have a lasting impact.
Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice tells the stories of young lives forever changed by collisions with law and order. We’ll also hear from their parents, guards, counselors and judges, who hold the power, but whose hands are often tied by laws that ultimately fail our children.
Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice is supported, in part, by the Anne Levy Fund, Margaret Neubart Foundation, the John and Gwen Smart Family Foundation, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
Published on Apr 6, 2011
March 26, 2011. TRIPOLI, Libya — An incredibly courageous Libyan woman burst into the Rixos Hotel housing the foreign press on Saturday morning in an attempt to tell journalists that she had been raped and beaten by members of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's Militia. After struggling for nearly an hour to resist removal by Colonel Qaddafi's security forces, she was dragged away from the hotel screaming. Her name is Iman Al-Obeidi.
This animation was a piece I created out of feeling absolutely helpless sitting at home watching this horrific news. At the time of creating this piece no one had heard from her or knew of her whereabouts after being dragged away. Iman al-Obeidi (Eman al-Obeidy) risked everything to speak out about what happened to her. I wanted to make sure her voice wasn't silenced. She speaks for us.