November 2017

2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA
6:30 – 9:30pm


It’s an UnCommon Celebration Honoring:

Elizabeth CalvinSenior Advocate, Human Rights Watch

Nate Williams, President, Choices for Freedom

Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos

Presenters include:

Danny Glover, Actor and Activist

Scott Budnick, Film Producer/Activist, Founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition

James Cavitt, Master of Ceremonies


$100 general admission | $50 for non-profits

Free admission for formerly incarcerated
Film Circle Membership available for an additional donation.


Join us as we honor Elizabeth Calvin, Nate Williams, and Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez – people who are 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. Nate, a former UnCommon Law client, works as a mentor and regularly returns to prison to inspire others still locked inside. 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.

Host Committee:

Michelle Alexander
Scott Budnick
Amanda Berger and Maurice Emsellem
Eddy Zheng
Anne Irwin
Penny Cooper
Dorsey Nunn
Betsy Fairbanks
Gina Clayton
Holly Delaney Cole and Glenn Cole

Food and drink generously provided by:

GatherCala Restaurant

LagunitasTaste Kitchen and Table


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Photos from our 10 year Anniversary 2016 Event

Past Events

Life After Life – Directed by Tamara Perkins

Life After Life sets itself apart from other prison films by providing extraordinary access to the incarcerated men, facilities, experts, and leaders in the correctional system. Drawing on her background in grief support, filmmaker Tamara Perkins creates a safe environment for each subject, bringing authenticity to interviews that reveal sensitive, personal stories.

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

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

Skid Row Marathon – Directed by Mark Hayes

Film and discussion with filmmakers Mark and Gabriele Hayes, film stars Rafael Cabrera and 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)

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.

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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These film events directly support the work of UnCommon Law, enabling us to reach more people in prison and help them safely rejoin their families and communities. Please join us and spread the word!