VOTE IMAGE ON PROMINENT L.A. BILLBOARD

Affluence, provides you the space where you don’t have to see, hear, or smell, that which makes you uncomfortable. If you know someone who has lost a loved one to incarceration, might it have been related to policies from Lawmakers … Continue reading

God Is A Woman

God Is A Woman is one of the many literary works by prisoners hoping to be published in the 57th issue of the Columbia Journal. Founded in 1977 by students in the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Writing … Continue reading

Philadelphia Form Holds Portraits of Justice Symposium

Portraits of Justice is a daylong symposium that will engage the public in reimagining the criminal justice system through the lens of art, advocacy, and policy reform. A diverse and robust roster of directly impacted artists, practitioners, government officials, and … Continue reading

WOULD ARETHA HAVE RENDERED, THIS IMPRISONED, BLACK POET’S RENDITION, OF “MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE”?

In 2017, at the annual Congressional Black Caucus, Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee stated, “Mass incarceration is the Civil Rights of our time.” Would 20th century civil rights activists Aretha Franklin had lent her voice to the 21st century version of “My Country Tis of Thee,” whose opening stanza is “My Country, is Still not Free”? Continue reading

Resilience: The 28th Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry

AYA
“fern”
symbol of endurance and resourcefulness

The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. “An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.” (Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary) Continue reading

Works In Coffee by Prisoners at Renowned New York Coffeehouse

“Everything Coffee,” is the name of a Prisoner Art exhibition curated by Treacy Ziegler of Prisoner Express. The exhibition consists of two shows; one in January of 2018 at Gimme Coffee’s Cayuga Street coffeehouse in Ithaca, New York; the other … Continue reading

MAJOR AMERICAN PRISONER ART EXHIBITION ON ALCATRAZ ISLE

After three years of formal application submissions to the Art in the Park Conservancy of San Francisco, Leslie Lakes, founder and C.E.O. of P.A.T.H. Prison Arts Touching Hearts, curates a major American prisoner art exhibition on the island of Alcatraz. … Continue reading