THE SAIDIANA MOVEMENT
JOINING HANDS TO SUPPORT FAMILIES AFFECTED BY INCARCERATION

 

"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The Saidiana Movement is a project developed in direct response to the growing population of people affected by incarceration who often suffer in silence because of the stigma associated with having a loved one behind bars or under community supervision. Largely affecting the marginalized communities, the problems caused by the growing incarceration numbers precipitated by a call for stricter laws and mandatory sentencing have spilled over into all areas of this nation. Instead of dissipating, the get tough practices thought to be the answer have significantly increased the problem and are currently backfiring throughout the country.


In neighborhoods where scores of men and women are removed on a regular basis, there can be the unintended consequence of destabilizing communities. Not only are the families affected by the crisis - the neighborhood economic activity is weakened, the high rates of crime produce more crime, depressed property values, reduction in social cohesion and trust, and there is often a general cynicism and alienation between law enforcement and the citizens. While all segments of this nation are beginning to feel the effects, our urban neighborhoods are most dramatically upset. All communities need support to help improve overall public safety and are looking for an answer. The Saidiana Movement is part of the answer as it looks beyond the problem to the unit that is best equipped to help solve it - family.
The Saidiana Movement and Saidiana Productions is bringing attention to the plight of the formerly incarcerated and the families they leave behind through this presentation of "STAINS: Changing Lives After Incarceration."

The stain of incarceration on the offender is indelible. However, there is an unintended consequence. The stain transfers leaving a deep discoloration of shame on families and children left behind who have committed no crime. Society must step up and help to remove that stigma.
"STAINS: Changing Lives After Incarceration", a Saidiana Productions film is a feature length documentary confronting those challenges. Attention is called to the stigma faced by the formerly incarcerated. The film also takes a look from the other side of the bars at the challenges faced by the family left behind. Dual lenses are focused on the impact of social disinvestment in prisoners' families and communities and the inadvertent outcomes, while looking at the same population as resources in addressing the dilemma of recidivism and decaying neighborhoods.


While families affected by incarceration remains a major concern of urban neighborhoods, STAINS registers the reality –this is not an isolated dilemma but a national emergency that must be attacked by society at large. Individuals who are currently not a part of helping to solve this crisis and ultimate destruction caused by the finger pointing , isolation, stigmatization and general lack of public interest must become engaged. That need to connect society is the driving force behind the Saidiana Movement and the production of STAINS.

It's time to stop rationalizing our inhumanity. It's time to stop wondering why so many people keep going back to prison when we do so little to help them transition back into society. It's time to stop treating families affected by incarceration as if they committed crime. They have not.


For additional information about the Saidiana Movement - visit www.stainsthemovie.com or www.letssaidiana.com/resources or contact us at stainsthemovie@aol.com