A new initiative called Take the Wheel has started for Westchester youth ages 12 – 18 “focused on hand-on activities designed to promote the practice of democracy and social advocacy. It is committed to forming a diverse community across religious, racial, social class lines. Based on the March for Our Lives movement, students from different towns working together will be more powerful than students working isolated in their own towns.”
The adult organizer is Howard Rodstein.
Take the Wheel has arranged for a free screening of the film, The Hate You Give followed by a discussion among Westchester teens about racism, gun violence and community activism. The 2018 film is a based on a novel of the same name and follows the fallout after a high school student witnesses a police shooting. It’s directed by award winning film maker George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food 1997, Men of Honor 2000, The Notorious B.I.G.2009). Teens from Westchester are particularly encouraged to attend.
The screening will take place on Thursday, May 23 at 5:15 pm at the Jacob Burns Film Center, 405 Manville Road, Pleasantville (easily accessible by train on the Harlem Metro North line: Pleasantville is a few stops from White Plains – it’s a 2 minute walk to the theater from the Pleasantville train station; by car about 20 minutes from WP).