We Are All Criminals

We are all criminals

On display August 1-September 29 in Cargill Hall at Minneapolis Central Library, We Are All Criminals turns the lens on people who committed crimes but were not caught. Challenging society’s perception of what it means to be a criminal, the exhibit is a commentary on the unjust impact of our nation's policies, policing and prosecution. We may all be criminals, but that’s not all we are.

This exhibit also includes photographs and stories from people who have been burdened by criminal records and family members whose loved ones have been incarcerated.

We Are All Criminals is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization inspiring empathy and igniting social change through personal stories of crime, privilege, punishment and second chances. The exhibit is presented in partnership with BRIDGE, a grassroots partnership of currently incarcerated individuals, their families, and Voices for Racial Justice.

Related events

Author Talk: Second Chances and the Inequities in the Criminal Justice System - Join Jason Sole (Saint Paul's Community-First Public Safety Initiatives Director and author of "From Prison to Ph.D") and Emily Baxter (executive director of We Are All Criminals and author of “We Are All Criminals”) as they read from their books and discuss the importance of second chances, empathy for those in prisons and jails, and the need for change in the justice system. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Film Screening: Knife Skills - "Knife Skills" is an Oscar-nominated documentary by director Thomas Lennon about re-entry from prison, second chances, and the healing power of good food. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Brandon Chrostowski, founder and CEO of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute.

Author Talk: Susan Burton - Author of "Becoming Ms. Burton," Burton will discuss her book and organization, A New Way of Life, which helps women successfully re-enter the community after incarceration.

We Are All Criminals Exhibit Closing With Kevin Reese - Honor the closing of the We Are All Criminals exhibit with a discussion with Reese (prison justice organizer with Voices for Racial Justice and the founder and community relations coordinator for the BRIDGE partnership) and leaders from the nonprofit organization, We Are All Criminals, as they discuss the need for racial justice in the criminal justice system.

Events are funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and sponsored by the Friends of Hennepin County Library.