August 2017

Skid Row Marathon – Directed by Mark Hayes

Film and discussion with filmmakers Mark and Gabriele Hayes, film stars Rafael Cabrera, Judge Craig Mitchell and UnCommon Law’s Keith Wattley.

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm
The Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Map)
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Rafael was convicted of the 1982 retaliation murder and attempted murder of two rival gang members. Locked up as a teenager and sentenced to life, he could have easily thrived in prison off of his reputation for violence, living in a haze of drugs and prison-made wine. Instead, Rafael 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.

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.

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. He truly exemplifies what’s possible in the world.

Get your advance tickets, because this one is sure to sell out.

September 2017

Life After Life – Directed by Tamara Perkins

Setting Life After Life apart from other prison films is the extraordinary access to the incarcerated men, facilities, experts, and leaders in the system of corrections. Through her background in grief support, filmmaker Tamara Perkins creates a safe environment for each subject, bringing authenticity to interviews that cover sensitive, personal stories.

September 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Lark Theater
549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939 (Map)

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The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Tamara Perkins, Keith Wattley and those who have been impacted by incarceration.

November 2017

Champions of Hope and Healing

November 15, 2017 | 6:30pm-9:30pm

Impact Hub Oakland  | 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Drinks, Appetizers and Incredibly Inspiring Speakers

Tickets: $50 for non-profits | $100 general admission | Formerly incarcerated: free admission

Join us as we honor Elizabeth Calvin of Human Rights Watch and Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, Executive Director of Barrios Unidos – two people working hard to bring both hope and healing to individuals and families devastated by harsh, misguided criminal justice policies. Elizabeth has authored and championed the most significant legislation in decades to guarantee that young people have a meaningful opportunity to come home from prison. And Nane has been a champion in the fight for justice and humanity for young people since long before our laws recognized the differences between adults and children involved in serious crimes. His organization is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.


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Photos from our 10 year Anniversary 2016 Event

Past Events

They Call Us Monsters – Film Screenings | To view a short clip of the film, click here.


About the Film

In California, violent juveniles between 14-17 years old can be tried as adults. Typically, they are accused of heinous crimes — murders and attempted murders — that leave their victims’ families shattered. And yet, they are still kids, with a greater capacity to change and one day return to society. What is our responsibility to these kids? And to their victims? Do they deserve a second chance? These are the questions legislators are grappling with across the country as they attempt to reform our juvenile justice system. Meanwhile, behind the walls of the Compound, three violent juvenile offenders are writing a movie as they await their trials. It’s the story of their childhoods with the ending rewritten. 

About the Subjects

JARAD: Arrested at 16 and facing 200 years-to-life for four attempted murders.
JUAN: Arrested at 16 and facing 90-to-life for first-degree murder.
ANTONIO: Arrested one month after his 14th birthday and facing 90-to-life for two attempted murders. 

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