SPU Screening: Just Mercy

SPU Screening: Just Mercy 

On Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00 pm, JPC hosted a screening of Just Mercy for SPU campus at AMC Pacific Place. A conversation with community partner, Sean Goode, Executive Director of Choose 180, followed the viewing. The following resources were created for this event.

Sponsors for this event were: The John Perkins Center, SPU Senior Leadership Team, Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, Residence Life, and University Ministries. 

JPC Just Mercy Resources

Resource List for SPU's Screening of Just Mercy

The following resource list is not comprehensive but is intended to be a starting point to encourage discussion and engagement.

A more extensive resource listing is available: SPU-Just Mercy Screening Resource Page

Suggested Reading

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson justmercy.eji.org

Rethinking Incarceration, Dominique Dubois Gilliard | dominiquegilliard.com

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander | newjimcrow.com

Welcoming Justice, Charles Marsh and John Perkins | jvmpf.org

The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby | jemartisby.com

Additional Resources

Just Mercy Discussion Guide (2020) | Dominique Gilliard 

Bryan Stevenson Interview with Dominique Gilliard (2020) | Christianity Today

60 Minutes Interview: Walter McMillian | 60 Minutes

Locked in Solidarity | CCDAs National Awareness & Action Day

Choose 180: path of 'restorative justice' | Seattle Times Article

Justice Organizations

Choose 180  
Choose 180 transforms the lives of youth and young adults by partnering with institutional leaders, connecting them with community, empowering them with choice, and teaching them the skills necessary to avoid engagement with the criminal justice system.


Community Passageways   
Community Passageways supports youth and young adults at every stage of the criminal legal process - from prevention to detention. The hope is to replace the school-to-prison pipeline with a school-to-life success pipeline.


Creative Justice 
Creative Justice builds community with youth most impacted by the school-to-prison-(to-deportation) pipeline. Participants and mentor artists work together to examine the root causes of incarceration, like systemic racism and other forms of oppression, creating art that articulates the power and potential of our communities.


EJI  Equal Justice Initiative
Equal Justice Initiative challenges poverty and racial injustice, advocates for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and creates hope for marginalized communities, providing legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. Founded by Bryan Stevenson.


Perkins Documentary

Watch the trailer for the original documentary, Let Justice Roll On: The Life and Legacy of John M. Perkins. Order your copy today.

“...justice is something for which every generation has to strive.”
Dr. John M. Perkins
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Reconciliation Studies

Equip yourself to participate in the work of reconciliation when you add a Reconciliations Studies minor to your given field of study.