Skid Row Marathon: Screening and Panel
Join us as we host the Bay Area premiere of Skid Row Marathon in a special matinee screening. Stay to hear from the stars of the film Rafael Cabrera and Judge Craig Mitchell, the filmmakers Mark and Gabriele Hayes, and UnCommon Law's founder and Executive Director Keith Wattley. Keith Wattley has been advocating for the rights of prisoners and parolees for nearly twenty years. Prior to launching UnCommon Law in 2006, Keith was a staff attorney at the Prison Law Office, a nonprofit law firm in Berkeley. He has represented thousands of prisoners in impact litigation and individual matters involving mental health care, gang validation, religious freedom, prison infirmaries, medical care, excessive force, visitation, parole consideration and parole revocation. He has also trained hundreds of lawyers, law students and others in prisoner and parole advocacy. Rafael Cabrera was convicted of the 1982 retaliation murder and attempted murder of two rival gang members. Locked up as a teenager and sentenced to life, Rafael did not succumb to the violence and chaos of prison. Instead, he became a model of change in some of California's most violent prisons. His turnaround impressed prison staff, prosecutors, clergy, and others to the point where the prosecutor who showed up to oppose Rafael's release was so blown away by his transformation that the prosecutor later wrote that he himself posed a greater risk to public safety than Rafael did. Keith Wattley and UnCommon Law had the privilege of working with Rafael as he battled the parole board and the Governor to secure his release from prison after nearly three decades inside. That prosecutor-turned-judge, Craig Mitchell, was so fundamentally changed by the experience that he started the Skid Row Running club to support people in achieving positive life goals, and he continues to inspire and support people committed to turning their lives around. This screening is expected to sell out; get your tickets in advance at the link below! This special screening is a benefit for UnCommon Law, a nonprofit organization pioneering a therapeutic model for personal transformation and a safe transition home from prison. Learn more or make a tax-deductible contribution at uncommonlaw.org.