When we look around saddened, and overwhelmed by our broken world, sometimes all it takes is to remember to perform some small act of service.
By spending time with these incredible women who have dedicated their lives and careers to fight against mass incarceration, it reminded me how there are small things we can do to be part of the solution.
I worked with my friend, songwriter, and activist Ani Difranco to set up short interviews with people who are making a difference in healing systemic racism by ending mass incarceration.
Each of these (very short) conversations gave me so much hope. Even just a few minutes of the intention to be of service in some way— can be transformative.
Take a listen to the first 2 minute, and 50-second story from Sara Totonchi, Executive Director for the Southern Center for Human Rights.
What are a handful of small ways you can be of service during this challenging time? This is an excellent resource — 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack
AMAZING LIVE CONCERT EVENT
THE PRISON MUSIC PROJECT SESSIONS:
LONG TIME GONE
ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT
June 12, 2020 at 9pm EST
ABOUT THE PRISON MUSIC PROJECT
Tune in to The Prison Music Project Sessions: Long Time Gone Album Release Concert featuring Ani DiFranco, Zoe Boekbinder, Terence Higgins, free feral, Launa Reed, and more streaming on LivexLive at 8pm Central on Friday, June 12th.
The performance was filmed at Esplanade Studios in New Orleans before an invisible audience and will feature call-in readings by incarcerated poets and break-away videos of some of the Prison Music Project’s other contributing writers. Profits from this event will benefit Sister Hearts Re-entry Program in New Orleans and the Center for Life Without Parole Studies.
The concert can be re-streamed immediately after the original airing and through June 14th.
The virtual concert is part of the larger Prison Prism Radio Festival on Righteous Babe Radio, a week-long radio festival dedicated to discussions about our criminal justice system, broadcasting from June 1-5. Listen at righteousbaberadio.com
TUNE IN TO PRISON PRISM HERE
THE PRISON MUSIC PROJECT
Coming June 12, 2020
In 2010, folk-singer and songwriter Zoe Boekbinder (they/them) visited New Folsom Prison for the first time. What they thought would be one interesting day turned into a decade-long collaborative project. Boekbinder visited the prison often over the next five years; performing and teaching music workshops quickly turned into the beginnings of collaborations with writers and musicians who were incarcerated within New Folsom’s walls.
This was the seed for the Prison Music Project and the culminating album, Long Time Gone, produced by Ani DiFranco. Releasing June 5, 2020 (Righteous Babe Records), the album features work by nine incarcerated (and formerly incarcerated) writers. The profits of Long Time Gone will benefit communities impacted by mass incarceration and the funds will be administered by the Southern Center for Human Rights.