MASS CRIMINALIZATION IS ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST PRESSING ISSUES FACING THE UNITED STATES
Calling All Crows and the Multifaith Initiative Ending Mass Incarceration are mobilizing music and faith communities in the fight against criminalization and its impact on women.
MUSIC AND FAITH COMMUNITIES HAVE THE POWER TO END MASS CRIMINALIZATION
We will contribute to this movement by:
Amplifying the stories of people, especially womxn, impacted by incarceration;
Acting in partnership with existing movement leaders and community organizations as we bring in new supporters;
Producing an 8-part concert series to connect movement leaders with new supporters, celebrate the movement, and drive action; and
Educating and activating music and faith communities
WOMEN ARE THE FASTEST GROWING INCARCERATED POPULATION IN THE UNITED STATES
Nearly one-third of all of the female prisoners in the world are held here. Black women are the fastest-growing population in prisons and jails. 1 in 4 women has a family member who is incarcerated. For Black women, that number rises to 1 in 2. A large number of women who are incarcerated have yet to be convicted of a crime. Given that incarceration’s harm radiates from inside prison walls to well beyond them, a large number of women are directly suffering the consequences.
The incarceration of these women does not make anyone safer but perpetuates cycles of criminalization and mass incarceration within their families and communities.
Check out this video to hear testimony from Dawn Harrington, a community organizer with Free Hearts, from our Nashville Unlocked Voices concert.
Virtual Concert Series and Stories
Our Virtual Concert Series is returning in 2021! We're teaming up with the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration, and community organizations in NYC, LA, and Atlanta, to host another series of concerts. Featuring musicians grounded in each city, this year we're sharpening our focus on the impact that criminalization has on women, and expanding to include the impact of immigrant detention as well.
Thanks to everyone who helped make our 2020 concerts a success! With your participation, we were able to raise $25K and support community organizations in Tennessee, Massachusetts, Texas, and North Carolina, and share the stories of 7 formerly incarcerated folks. View the stories from our 2020 concerts below, and stay tuned for more on our 2021 concerts.