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ITHACA—Tompkins County Public Library, in conjunction with the Multicultural Resource Center’s “The New Jim Crow” Community Read, will host acclaimed filmmaker Matt Pillischer for a free screening and discussion of “Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.,” Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

“Broken On All Sides” was developed in an effort to raise awareness and advocate change around overcrowding within the Philadelphia jail system but has developed into a case-study of mass incarceration across the nation and the intersection of race, poverty and the legal system.

Pillischer is a Pennsylvania-based attorney, activist, filmmaker and artist and the director of the Broken On All Sides Educational Campaign, through which he screens the film, organizes panel discussions and speaks with audiences about issues of systemic racism, economic injustice and the criminal justice system. He is the host of “The Thread,” a podcast against mass incarceration, available on iTunes.

The Library screening is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at

This program was made possible with support from the William Henry Miller Inn.

Kelsey O'Connor

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