During the month of June, Just Mercy, a 2019 film about civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, is available to stream for free on many online platforms through the end of June. Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a nonprofit organization focused on criminal justice, prison reform and racial justice. Find links to watch Just Mercy for free on the film’s website.
As part of Church of Our Saviour’s commitment to dismantle systemic racism and understand the legacy of slavery and white supremacy, we will have a special evening Zoom conversation about Just Mercy and the issues it on Tuesday, July 7 at 8 p.m., followed by compline.
The film tells the story of Bryan Stevenson, who was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending people who are poor, incarcerated, and wrongly condemned. One of his first clients was Walter McMillian, a black man on death row for the murder of a white woman that he did not commit. “The case exemplifies how the death penalty in America is a direct descendant of lynching — a system that treats the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocent,” says the EJI website.