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 and voting access.
Virtual Concert Series
This fall, Calling All Crows is teaming up with the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration to host a series of virtual concerts across the country as a part of our Unlocked Voices campaign. Each concert will take place in a different city, partnering with local community organizations that are working to provide hygiene supplies to prisoners and to help those who are being released early from prisons due to COVID in New York, Georgia, California, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Texas, and Tennessee. These virtual concerts will also include local artists from each state.
Our virtual concert series partners are:
Ending Mass Incarceration
Black and Pink Boston
Crossroads United Methodist Church
Unheard Voices Outreach
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
THE US MASS CRIMINALIZATION CRISIS IS MADE WORSE BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
COVID-19 is spreading rapidly through jails and prisons, which is unsurprising given the high concentrations of people and lack of space, healthcare, and hygiene products. There is already a strong movement to support Black lives across the US; part of this movement includes changing the way we think about public safety and releasing people from jails/prisons so that they do not suffer or die from COVID-19.
We are leveraging the resources of the music and faith communities to acquire and distribute hygiene supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with our partners to people in and recently released from prisons in New York, Georgia, California, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Texas, and Tennessee.