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Book and Movie Club – Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness
January 23 @ 7:00 pm
(Sponsored by Becoming Beloved Community)
Our special book and movie club meets monthly, alternating between discussing books and movies, featuring titles that will deepen our understanding of racial justice. We include fiction and nonfiction, drama and documentaries.
Join us on Monday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley had written extensively about the criminal justice system. But it was only when his own son—in the throes of a manic episode—broke into a neighbor’s house that he learned what happens to mentally ill people who break a law.
This is the Earley family’s compelling story, a troubling look at bureaucratic apathy and the countless thousands who suffer confinement instead of care, brutal conditions instead of treatment, in the “revolving doors” between hospital and jail. With mass deinstitutionalization, large numbers of state mental patients are homeless or in jail—an experience little better than the horrors of a century ago. Earley takes us directly into that experience.
This will be especially relevant as we prepare for Holy Comforter’s Hypothermia Prevention Shelter from Sunday, January 29 to Sunday, February 5.