Event: Film Screening and Panel Discussion



The Fire This Time


On a hot summer evening in the gay-friendly West Village neighborhood of New York City, seven young women from Newark, New Jersey were verbally threatened and physically attacked by a twenty-nine-year-old man.  In a not uncommon travesty of justice, the New Jersey Seven, as they came to be called, were sent to prison for defending themselves.

The Fire This Time tells the story of the seven women’s trial and prison sentences, and the years-long fight by relatives and activists to get the women released.  Along the way, the film reveals in devastating detail how the media, homophobia, and racism all work together in American culture to stigmatize and victimize gay people of color.

Please join us for a screening of a 20 minute cut of the documentary, along with a panel discussion.


Panelists include:

* Blair Doroshwalther, Producer/Director of The Fire This Time, and award-winning documentary filmmaker

* Yoruba Richen, Producer of The Fire This Time, and journalist, documentary filmmaker

* Susan Tipograph, Esq., Trial Attorney for Renata Hill

* Judy Amerosa, Esq., Appellate Attorney for Terrain Dandridge

* Renata Hill, originally sentenced to eight years

* Terrain Dandridge, served two and a half years before the charges against her were dismissed

* Stephanie Bush-Baskette, Esq., Ph.D., Director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University-Newark

Moderator: Jody Miller, Ph.D., Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark


* When: Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 2:30 -4:00 pm

* Where: Cornwall Center, Rutgers University, 47 Bleeker St. Newark, NJ


This event is free.

Due to limited seating advance registration is required by Friday, February 4, 2011.

To register click on the linkhttp://www.formstack.com/forms/?1044640-36Y8JuOCAc

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