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Who We Are & What We Do

Trinity United Church of Christ Chicago

Trinity United Church of Christ Chicago, located in Chicago, IL, is the largest and arguably best-known congregation in the United Church of Christ, a denomination known for its proud, storied tradition of social justice activism.  Since 1961, Trinity UCC has been a standard-bearer for social justice and community action accomplished through the leadership of its pastor emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., current Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, congregants and community partners who drive the work of over seventy ministries, special action teams and initiatives while proudly proclaiming they are “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian.”

Trinity United Church of Christ Prison Ministry and The Next Movement (TNM)

The Next Movement (TNM) was born as a response to a visit and lecture by Professor Michelle Alexander, author of the now classic The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, at Trinity United Church of Christ in December of 2010; and, was organized as a committee/advocacy arm of the Trinity United Church of Christ Prison Ministry.  Committee members are a diverse mix of culture and ethnicity, age and faith-traditions who view mass incarceration as one of the key human rights issues of our time.  Through education and awareness building, organizing and advocacy, TNM remains dedicated to mobilizing "people power" to bring systems change.

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The (In)Justice For All Film Festival IFAFF

The (In)Justice for All Film Festival International (IFAFF) had an unlikely beginning in October of 2013. During a TNM meeting Curly Cohen, a long-time committee member and Chicago activist, suggested launching a film festival to educate and elevate understanding around issues of mass incarceration and to engage others into active struggle. That simple declaration led TNM to mount a justice-oriented film festival with an inaugural outing in the spring of 2014 featuring 15 films in 13 locations with over 25 partners. IFAFF’s 2019 outing featured over 40 national and international films in 16 locations with over 50 community partners. Beginning with the 2017 IFAFF, we have celebrated Curly Cohen’s commitment to TNM, to human rights advocacy and love for film by naming our Fan Favorite Award in his honor.

 

The power of film to educate and influence, inspire and engage, and to grow the numbers of active allies in the struggle to end mass incarceration and spotlight other human rights issues remains the animating focus for our festival. This year, due to the impact of COVID-19, the Festival will be entirely virtual; yet, we will continue to bring additional context to the films and their messaging through Spoken Word segments, panel discussions and interactive workshops. This will be the sixth year that we will hold a film competition and provide "Justice" awards for those exceptional films that best demonstrate the challenges and tragedies of our broken criminal justice system and celebrate the power of the human spirit in overcoming the most oppressive systemic obstacles. 

 

If you are inclined to join us in the struggle, make contact at:

TheNextMovement@trinitychicago.org