Follow Me Down Documentary Screening to Benefit Nola to Angola!

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Sunday, October 5th, 5pm

Zeitgeist: 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

“Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians” is a feature-length documentary. Shot over the course of two years in three Louisiana Prisons. Ethnomusicologist, Ben Harbert weaves together interviews and performances of extraordinary inmate musicians-some serving life sentences, some new commits, and others soon to be released. The film offers an unexpected look at prison life, pushing viewers to reach their own conclusions about music, redemption, and the humanity in us all.

Check out the trailer here!
http://vimeo.com/48035769

**The screening is a $10 suggested donation, at the door.~ Please give what you can! (And maybe you can’t attend but want to still donate..or pay for someone else’s ticket? All ya gotta do is message me!)

EVERY PENNY of the proceeds will go towards the NOLA TO ANGOLA fundraiser! www.facebook.com/nolatoangola. Nola to Angola is a long-distance bicycle fundraiser taking place in October to raise money for the Cornerstone Builder’s Bus Project. This organization provides a free monthly bus service for New Orleanians who have loved ones in Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola), Dixon Correctional Institute, Avoyelles Correctional Center, and Rayburn Correctional Center. At least once a month the bus project rents a 55 passenger bus to provide a ride so those who might not otherwise have the ability to make the trek to these facilities, can visit loved ones.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/854462134566309/

The New Jim Crow Discussion Group, Part 2!

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Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) and Nola to Angola (NTA) are excited to host our second discussion group based on excerpts from Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Using the text as a starting point, we will explore how the prison industrial complex affects ALL our lives, across lines of race, class, and gender. Through a collaborative critical analysis of the text, we hope to bring people together to understand each other’s experiences and work together to resist criminalization in New Orleans. Come to learn, teach, listen, grow, collaborate, and find out how you can get more involved!The event will take place at the Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Rd, from 5:30-7:30pm.

We will be reading Chapter 1 of the text this time (last time we read the prologue). Please email jesse.chanin@gmail.com to get a pdf copy of the reading. We will also have copies available at the Community Book Center the night of the event.

This is part of a series and all are welcome, regardless of if you attended the first event.

DINNER AND CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED.
Please RSVP if you will need childcare.

Questions?? Call 504-522-5437 for more info or email info@nolatoangola.org.

https://www.facebook.com/events/233249226837601/

Come to FFLIC & NTA’s Collaborative Discussion!

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Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) and Nola to Angola (NTA) are excited to host a discussion group based on excerpts from Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Using the text as a starting point, we will explore how the prison industrial complex affects ALL our lives, across lines of race, class, and gender. Through personal storytelling combined with critical analysis, we hope to bring people together to understand each other’s experiences and work together to resist criminalization in New Orleans. Come to learn, teach, listen, grow, collaborate, and find out how you can get more involved!

Did you know…
–Louisiana incarcerates more people per capita than anywhere else in the world
–One in seven black men from New Orleans is either in prison, on parole, or on probation
–99% of youth who go through juvenile court in New Orleans are black
–Both the New Orleans Police Department and Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) are under federal consent decrees for unconstitutional practices

Come on September 9th to engage and learn more!

Monday, September 9th, 5:30-8:30pm at the Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Rd.

SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED.

Questions?? Call 504-522-5437 for more info or email info@nolatoangola.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/612674438763958/

George Jackson Reading Group!

JacksonJoin Nola to Angola on August 8th as we host our second discussion group! This time we’ll be reading and discussing excerpts from “Soledad Brother” by George Jackson. We’ll be reading pages 3-33 which you can find online here: http://historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/soledadbro.html

ALL are welcome, regardless of prior knowledge! This is meant to be a safe, critical, friendly discussion about historic and current prison issues. New Orleans is the prison capital of the world; what does this mean for us in our lives? We especially want to reach out for folks who are new to learning about prisons or prison organizing.

Come at 5:30 to meet with NTA folks or do the reading (we’ll have extra copies there). The discussion will start promptly at 6:15! This event will take place at the Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Road. See you there!

Registration Is Open!

Hello!

Registration is a two-fold process. We don’t actually consider anyone registered unless they have both paid their registration fee and come to an info-session or met with an organizer in person. We only do this to be certain of an individual’s dedication to taking part in this ride. It is a fundraiser, and we do get a lot of “interest” early on which eventually wanes down to the few who have the time and drive to pursue it.

Please keep in mind that on top of the registration fee, we do ask everyone to try to raise sponsorship funds from friends, coworkers, and family members. Your registration fee covers expenses such as fuel for support vehicles and food/drinks for you over the three days. The additional money raised goes to the Cornerstone Bus Project which funds the rides to the different Louisiana prisons.

So far we have been able to surpass our goals each year. The first year’s goal was to raise enough to fund six months of bus rides. It raised enough to cover seven months of rides. Last year’s goal was to cover eight to ten months of rides. Enough was raised to cover fourteen. Rather than only use one bus per trip, this money helped to provide additional buses so that there was no waiting list for some trips. Our goal for this year is enough to fund an entire year again. If we go beyond that, so be it, but we’ll be happy if another year of joy is brought to those who can see their loved ones at no cost.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If circumstances have changed and you would prefer to help in some other way, we are always happy to have help.

Regards