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Upcoming “Art Of Innocence” Event

On Friday, August 21st, at 6 PM EST, The People’s Forum will be hosting a virtual event entitled “Art of Innocence: The People’s Struggle To Abolish The Death Penalty” featuring poetry, live musical performances, a panel discussion as well as the artwork and story of Billie J. Allen, an artist currently incarcerated in Federal prison …

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The Other America

by Christian Trigg I rarely miss a dawn. I missed 20 years worth at the federal supermax so I have an outsized appreciation for all sorts of things many others take for granted. My cell window at the federal penitentiary in Beaumont, TX faces east. I watch the summer sun touch fire to the horizon …

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Guest post: Ronald McKeithen

Jefferson County Memorial Project by Ronald McKeithen When the realization of having to serve an agonizingly slow death sentence of life without the possibility of parole finally hit home, the pursuit of education became a mild sedative for hopelessness and despair, and the classroom a haven from the constant chaos of prison life.  Over the …

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Anderson Smith

We recently talked with Anderson Smith, our newest addition to the Teaching Artist Spotlight series, and one of the newest members of the Justice Arts Coalition Board of Directors. Dr. Smith has a strong commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion while supporting ways to question and change inequitable societal norms. Working with adults in and out …

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Artist Spotlight: Izuo-Ere Digifa

  Izuo-Ere “Mimi” Digifa found freedom through her writing, and because of the breadth of her experiences, she is devoted to rendering light, love and wisdom into the lives of others. At her young age, she has experienced immigration, imprisonment, isolation, betrayal, heartbreak, condemnation and love. She takes you on a journey and invites you …

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Artist Spotlight: Marcus Pettiford

by Jhenna El-Sawaf Marcus Pettiford was around two years old when his mother, Anita, handed him a pencil and piece of paper. He settled in to draw a portrait of his favorite toy, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. When he showed his mom the final result, she was stunned: “It scared me! I was like …

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Marcus Pettiford Guest Blog

by Marcus Pettiford Just when I thought it was possible, and beginning to feel optimistic… I was sadly reminded that God does not save the ghetto. Ironic laughs with tearful smiles. Late night fist fights, and daylight gun shot victims. Please God save the ghetto. Liquor bottles a quarter full, smoke filled air. Young boys …

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The Becomings of a Master: Canyon Run

By R. Zumar I’ve never ridden a horse before even though I’m fascinated at the thought of doing so. I plan to one day if I ever get the chance. I created this piece for two reasons. One is just for the first reason I said above, but the other is a little deeper. Someone …

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