Today at The Clinton: Thursday, Sep 21

A Double-Feature "Awareness Raiser" for FPP and OTI

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The Clinton Street Theater and RJ:PDX are excited to bring you a quarterly film screening series about the issues surrounding Reproductive Justice.

RJ:PDX brings together people committed to reproductive justice from diverse professions, passions and perspectives. Whether you consider yourself an advocate, activist, scholar, provider, student or inspired individual, you are invited to create community with us each month as we gather to talk and plot. We come together once a month at a rotating location. Find out more about RJ:PDX on its Facebook page.

A Double-Feature "Awareness Raiser" for FPP and OTI

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Net Proceeds benefit Family Preservation Project and Oregon Tradeswoman, Inc.


Family Preservation Project:

Over the past 30 years, incarceration rates for women across the United States have steadily increased. Between 1999 and 2004, Oregon ranked seventh in the nation in female prison population growth. Oregon state officials predicted an even greater increase in women entering the prison system with the passage of the 2008 Ballet Measure 57, a legislatively referred state statute that increased prison terms for individuals who were repeatedly convicted of specific drug and property crimes.

It is estimated that 80% of incarcerated women are mothers to children ages 0 – 18, most of whom resided with their children prior to their incarceration and will likely resume parenting roles once released. Separation due to incarceration can have a devastating impact on the family. Specifically, maternal incarceration can adversely affect the mother‐child relationship, children’s educational attainment, and children’s mental health. The risk for children’s behavioral and emotional difficulties can stem from feelings of guilt, shame, confusion, abandonment, and concern about their mother’s well‐being.

The Family Preservation Project (FPP) at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon utilizes a holistic, family-centered approach to assist incarcerated women rehabilitate, form connections with their family and prepare for their lives after incarceration.


Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.:

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., (OTI) is dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. Founded in 1989 as a small support group led by four tradeswomen (an elevator constructor, two carpenters and an operating engineer), OTI was reorganized as Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, in 1999. OTI was founded on the principles that women deserve and can attain economic self-sufficiency through pursuing careers in the building, mechanical, electrical, and utility trades while helping and encouraging the trades industry build up a diverse workforce. Today the organization is comprised of nearly 400 members, three programs, an annual trades career fair for women and girls, and the support of trades industry employers.

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MOTHERING INSIDE
Director: 
Amira Dughri, Brian Lindstrom
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2015
Runtime: 
29 minutes

MOTHERING INSIDE chronicles the experiences of incarcerated women and their children as they participate in the Family Preservation Project, a program designed to interrupt the cycle of intergenerational criminal justice involvement, poverty, and addiction, and promote healthy mother-child relationships, support successful reentry, and decrease recidivism.

“… a courageous film that challenges commonly held beliefs about incarcerated mothers and their abilities to build, rebuild, and maintain positive parent-child relationships.”

– Keva M. Miller PhD, LCSW
Acting Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor
School of Social Work
Portland State University

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Sista in the Brotherhood
Director: 
Dawn Jones Redstone
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2015
Runtime: 
20 minutes

A short film about a young, black tradeswoman who must learn to prove herself on a new job site. 

Special Admission

$7-10 suggested donation; net proceeds benefit Family Preservation Project and Oregon Tradeswomen Inc.