The Vigilant Struggle Series

"When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail." 

Pearl S. Buck

About The Series

Mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, police brutality - there is no shortage of problems plaguing everyday Americans. Even with marches, protests, and other demonstrations, many of these issues continue to be overlooked by the mainstream media. For this reason, the Marcus Harris Foundation has launched the Vigilant Struggle Series.

Through the series, we host screenings of films created to foster positive social change, coupled with panel discussions and other events designed to enhance community engagement.

Please see below for detailed info about our next scheduled screening.

Our Most Recent Screening

The Bail Trap: American Ransom

About The Film

The money bail system is broken: private companies reap exorbitant profits by scavenging off communities (primarily of color) living in poverty. Low-income Americans are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years for the most minor of infractions simply because they can’t afford to pay high bond amounts. The reality is, the majority of people in jails – over 70% - are there for one simple reason: their income status.

To address the problem of money bail, Brave New Films, a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has produced The Bail Trap: American Ransom, a multimedia series highlighting the need to reform the bail system in America. In partnership with Brave New Films, the Marcus Harris Foundation was proud to present a free screening and panel discussion of The Bail Trap: American Ransom as the inaugural installment in our ongoing Vigilant Struggle Series on May 19, 2018, at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham.

More info on the next installment in the series soon. In the meantime, learn more about our panelists below.

Our Panelists

Irving Joyner


Irving Joyner has served as Professor at Law for the North Carolina Central University School of Law since 1982. He regularly teaches courses in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Rights, Race and the Law, Professional Responsibility, and Trial Practice. 

Professor Joyner provides pro-bono legal counsel to several political, religious and community organizations, as well as to needy individuals in civil rights and criminal appeals cases. He serves on several state study commissions and agencies and in leadership roles with a variety of community groups and organizations. In 2014, Professor Joyner was named one of the NAACP’s Humanitarian of the Year awardees for his efforts in defending individuals who were arrested during “Moral Monday” demonstrations. 

Sneha Shah


Sneha Shah is a staff attorney at the ACLU of North Carolina. Before joining the ACLU, she was a public defender in New York, representing clients in family and criminal proceedings.


Sneha graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke Law School.

Andréa "Muffin" Hudson


Andréa "Muffin" Hudson is an All of Us Or None NC member who advocates in and out of the courtroom for people who have been overcriminalized by the judicial  system. She also serves as the director for both Participatory Defense and the new Bail Fund housed at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.