Apart

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February 16, 2022
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Welcome

Welcome to Indie Lens Pop-Up virtual screening of Apart hosted by Milwaukee PBS and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

After the film we invite you to remain and take part in a community conversation.

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About Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues, to family and community relationships.

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ABOUT APART

Since the beginning of the War on Drugs, the number of women in U.S. prisons has grown drastically. The majority are mothers.

Three unforgettable formerly incarcerated mothers, jailed for drug-related charges, fight to overcome alienation—and a society that labels them “felons”—to readjust to life with their families.

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Apart

Apart

Black Nouveau | Black History Month | Oshkosh 94

APART | End Card Video

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90 minutes

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    Milwaukee PBS

    Milwaukee PBS is the collective brand for two Public Broadcasting Service member television stations licensed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States: WMVS and WMVT. Both stations are owned by Milwaukee Area Technical College

Participants

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    Alexandria Mack

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    Alexandria Mack is a multimedia producer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Currently, she serves as co-producer for Milwaukee PBS’ long-running public affairs program “Black Nouveau” which tells stories of triumph and transformation in Milwaukee's African-American community. Alexandria is also a 2020 Gwen Ifill Mentorship Program fellow through the International Women's Media Foundation.

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    Christal Arroyo Roman

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    EXPO Wisconsin, MKE FREE Campaign. Milwaukee Organizer Christal Arroyo Roman is a directly impacted organizer for the FREE Campaign in Milwaukee WI and a paralegal. Having earned her paralegal degree while incarcerated, Christal uses her experience with sentencing adjustments to assist those impacted by the criminal justice system. She believes her experience is her voice to advocate and uses her lived experience to help directly impacted women find their voice restore their dignity and build them up into being productive leaders in the community she is a strong supporter of Criminal Justice Reform.

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    Lavansa Jackson

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    Lavansa Jackson is the Executive Director of Milwaukee Block Inc., (Blacks Liberating Our Communities through Knowledge). She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised by West Indian parents, her mother was from Jamaica and her father from Barbados. She got involved with the street gangs that dealt with selling drugs and guns. At the age of 16, in the state of North Carolina, they waited till she turned 19 yrs. old to trial her as an adult. She was sentenced to 16 years and 5 1⁄2 years on paper. She did 16 years inside and 3 1⁄2 on the outside. The criminal justice system took 19 1⁄2 years of her life. After being released from incarceration, Lavansa began doing evangelistic work throughout Brooklyn and Harlem, New York to help other people to understand God’s love. Lavansa met a gentleman which led to her moving to Milwaukee and marrying the man of her dreams who introduced her to community organizing, which she has embraced and grown in. She is now stepping in the direction of helping the youth and building back up communities in Milwaukee. Her heart is led in the direction to repair the brokenness of our young people. She is now the Executive Director of Milwaukee B.L.O.C.K ( Black Liberating Our Community Knowledge). A service providing organization that focuses reentry, and the upliftment of youth.

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    Shanita Lawrence

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    Shanita Lawrence holds an Associate Degree from Madison Area Technical College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University and is an Alumni of the UW Odyssey Project . Shanita is a Reentry Resource Specialist and Rapid Rehousing Case Manager with JustDane. She is also a Case Manager at Safe Haven day shelter for individuals who are unhoused and who have been diagnosed as having a mental illness. As a Reentry Resource Specialist and Rapid Rehousing Case Manager Shanita walks alongside justice involved individuals as they work to secure housing, employment, and access additional supports within the community. As a person with justice system involvement Shanita understands well the barriers people face as they seek to rebuild their lives after incarceration. Shanita has completed the State of WI Certified Peer Specialist Training and is waiting to take the State Certification Exam. She is a Certified Parenting Inside Out Facilitator and a volunteer with the Prison Ministry Restorative Justice Program through First Congregational Church in Madison. Shanita received the 2020 Transitional Celebration Award from MOSES. When not at work, Shanita enjoys spending time with her 7 children, grandson and puppy Maple. She also enjoys reading and taking walks.

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    Tamra Oman

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    Tamra Oman is currently the Statewide Director for the FREE Campaign. FREE is the women’s division of EXPO (Ex Incarcerated People Organizing). The FREE Campaign organizes around issues women who have been impacted by the Justice System face. She Is the 2015 recipient of the State of Wisconsin’s Virginia Hart award. She is a national speaker, consultant, group facilitator, and believes deeply in cultivating a culture of hope, healing, and compassion for all. She is a co-founder of Hope Road Soul Punch Skill Training (with love). Her audiences range from corrections, judicial folks, lawyers, law enforcement, juvenile justice, school systems, county agencies, community support agencies, Peer Support Agencies, SAMSHA grantees, and participants at many, many conferences. Her former “day job” for nearly 12 years was a Human Services Program Coordinator Recovery Support Specialist at the Wisconsin Resource Center; a mental health treatment facility classified as a prison. She was the first “peer/consumer” to be hired in the state of Wisconsin to work in a correctional facility in the past 30 years. Over the last 17 years she has been working with individuals in the criminal justice system with addiction and mental health challenges. She has been an AODA Counselor for 14 years. She has facilitated Thinking for a Change, Anger management, Domestic Violence groups, and assisted people with reentry planning. She has sat on many committees, developed programs, and helped develop policy and procedures that represent the voice of those we serve. She has also been a part of helping to develop a Peer Support Program that has an interest in creating an environment that is also mindful of the potential for vicarious trauma and its affects on the individuals who work serving others. Ms. Oman uses humor and compassion to connect with her audience.She brings a unique perspective based on her own personal and professional experiences. Ms. Oman is a proponent of systems creating a recovery “culture” that includes Trauma Informed Care, Person Centered Planning, Strength Based Approach, Motivational Interviewing, and Evidence Based Practices.

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