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Prison Art Exhibit at the International Lutheran Center

You are cordially invited to attend a free reception celebrating the opening of a special prison art exhibit at the International Lutheran Center. Ex-prisoner Dennis Sobin, a classical and jazz guitarist with ten CDs to his credit, will provide live music. For more information, call 410-230-2728.
Data: 
Thu, 07/26/2007 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Localização: 
700 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
United States

Verizon produces video tour of Prison Art Gallery for TV program...see it now on YouTube

The masterful virtual tour of the Prison Art Gallery that Verizon put together, thanks to director Colby Hartburg, is something that the 2.3 million men and women can be proud of. Folks can look forward to seeing it broadcast on the Verizon-sponsored TV news magazine show "Push Pause." See it now on YouTube by clicking http://youtube.com/watch?v=oK-EVL_mE_I Located three blocks from the White House, the Prison Art Gallery is served by two Metro stations (Farragut North on the Red Line, and McPherson on the Orange and Blue Lines). Note that the entrance is on 16th Street, at the corner of K Street. Open Mon to Fri, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 5:30 PM (also open evenings by appointment - groups welcome - admission is always free).
Localização: 
United States

Give to Prisons Foundation and get more than one million products you need through Giveline.com

Giveline.com is an online store created for the justice-minded shopper, offering more than a million bestselling products including books, movies, music, electronics, housewares, gifts and more. Every purchase generates a substantial donation to the Prisons Foundation - an amazing average of 16% of store sales, sometimes as high as 33%. Giveline has great products, great service, and great prices - the only difference between Giveline and other major online retailers is that every purchase earns money for our organization. Check it out today at http://www.giveline.com/default.asp?v=V072409564. We are about to go to press with the next monthly issue of Art for Justice, showcasing new art received by the Prison Art Gallery from talented prison inmates across America. If your organization would like to use space in it to make an announcement to reach over 20,000 readers in and out of prison, please contact us at 202-393-1511 or [email protected]. To view the current issue of Art for Justice (note the space used by NORML and The Aleph Institute on the last page), please visit www.PrisonsFoundation.org/ project2_newsletter.html. When in Washington, DC, visit the Prison Art Gallery. Located three blocks from the White House, the Prison Art Gallery is served by two Metro stations (Farragut North on the Red Line, and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue Lines). Note that the entrance is on 16th Street, at the corner of K Street. Open Mon to Fri, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 5:30 PM (also open evenings by appointment - groups welcome - admission is always free).
Localização: 
Washington, DC
United States

Prison Art Gallery Partners with Street Sense to Display Prison Art

[Courtesy of the Prison Art Gallery] We are pleased to announce that the first edition of the Prison Art Gallery art catalog is here! It has been published as a special full-color insert in Street Sense, the nationally recognized periodical published in Washington, DC for socially conscious people. Get your copy of Street Sense from the more than 50 Street Sense vendors in Washington wearing the bright-colored Street Sense vests. To view the prison art section online, please visit www.PrisonsFoundation.org/ project2_newsletter.html. All of the art pieces on display can be seen and purchased at the Prison Art Gallery. You can also have the art shipped to you by ordering online at www.PrisonsFoundation.org/ project2_newsletter.html or by phone at 202-393-1511 using PayPal or a major credit card. Thank you for your interest in these superb, reasonably-priced works. We look forward to assisting you in acquiring your favorite pieces for home or office at prices that fit your budget.
Localização: 
Washington, DC
United States

Prison Art Gallery: Our First Online Auction in Partnership with a Top Justice Advocacy Nonprofit

Thousands of people visit our Prison Art Gallery in Washington, DC, and/or our outdoor exhibit at the corner of K St and Connecticut Ave NW, DC. But what about the many art lovers and justice advocates who don't come to DC? Now we have a way for you to view and acquire outstanding prison art. Introducing our first ever online auction. It's being done in partnership with NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) who will use a portion of the proceeds to further its important work. As usual with any prison art we offer either on our own or through a distinguished nonprofit such as NORML, a substantial portion of the proceeds goes to the incarcerated artists who created the work. As a prisoner of 10 years duration (and currently a performing artist), our director Dennis Sobin insists on no less. Please click the link below to be part of the auction excitement. You'll be helping hardworking people in and out of prison while helping yourself to bargains in superb original art. For more information, see http://www.prisonsfoundation.org/. Directions: Located three blocks from the White House, the Prison Art Gallery is served by two Metro stations (Farragut North on the Red Line, and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue Lines). Note that the entrance is on 16th Street, at the corner of K Street. Open Mon to Fri, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 5:30 PM (also open evenings by appointment - groups welcome - admission is always free)
Localização: 
Washington, DC
United States

Important Legal Victory Won By Prisons Foundation

[Courtesy of the Prisons Foundation] Last fall, the Prisons Foundation attempted to do outreach work and raise funds on the streets of Washington by showing and selling prison art and other items related to our work. We were stopped by the police who said we needed a vendor's license to continue. We contested this and spoke to the local ACLU who agreed to handle the matter. The ACLU contacted the law firm of Reed Smith who provided two outstanding attorneys to represent us, Michael Raibman and Cassia M. McCamon. This week the city issued a notice giving us permission to do what we set out to do, specifying that no permit is required (permits are expensive and difficult to obtain). The city acknowledged that we are protected in our work by the First Amendment and city statute. Please take the time to read the city's notice at the end of this email, since it is a victory for all of us. Also, if you are in downtown Washington on Tuesday morning (and any day thereafter, weather permitting), please stop by our street exhibit at the corner of K Street and Connecticut Ave. (Washington's busiest intersection). Not only will we have for display and sale many items from our Prison Art Gallery (just two blocks away), but we will have free literature from the more than 25 justice advocacy organizations that participated in our Taste of Justice Fair last September. Mark your calendar for the next Justice Sunday on April 29 at 2pm for live music (including a song about the Attica massacre from Don Zientara's new CD, which he will perform) and featured speaker Phillip Fornaci, director of D.C. Prisoners' Project of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Mr. Fornaci will answer your questions about the rights of DC prisoners and what is being done by him and his top-notch legal team to fully secure those rights. You won't want to miss this event if you have a loved one in jail or prison, or care about the men and women there. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES We are seeking volunteers in Washington, DC who are available to help respond to prisoner letters, prepare prison art for display, and greet visitors at the Prison Art Gallery. We have volunteer opportunities on Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Have fun while making a difference in the lives of incarcerated men and women across America. Please call Carolyn 202-544-3819. NOTICE from the Metropolitan Police Department and the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Re: The Prisons Foundation & First Amendment Activities To Whom It May Concern: The purpose of this notice is to inform Members of the Metropolitan Police Department and the Vending Enforcement Unit of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs of the government of the District of Columbia that Mr. Dennis Sobin, when engaged in the specific activities described below, is engaging in protected First Amendment activities on the sidewalks of the District of Columbia pursuant to provisions of the First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004, D.C. Law 15-352, effective April 13, 2005 (D.C. Official Code § 5-331.01, et seq. (2001)) (the “Act”). As a result, no enforcement action should be taken against him, or against any other representatives of the Prisons Foundation, while engaged in these protected activities for “Selling Goods without a Vendor’s License” pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 47-2834, 24 DCMR §502. The Prisons Foundation is a nonprofit corporation organized for educational and charitable purposes that advocates the reform of prisons, with a focus on allowing prisoners to participate in the arts. For purposes of this notice, the protected activities include the distribution and/or sale of a newsletter or other printed materials related to the dissemination of the Prison Foundation’s message, the discussion of prison reform with passers-by, and the display or sale of items related to the organization’s message on a table that does not obstruct the safety and free passage of pedestrians, including books relating to prison reform, prisoner music CDs and prints of artwork by prisoners. The protection afforded by this notice is intended to be coextensive with the protection afforded to participants in First Amendment assemblies under the Act and First Amendment activities generally under the Constitution, including any subsequent modifications or amendments to the Act or its implementing regulations that become effective after the date of this notice. Should any Members of the Metropolitan Police Department or Vending Enforcement Unit of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs need further assistance concerning this matter, please telephone Terrence D. Ryan, General Counsel, Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-4129, or Jill A. Stern, General Counsel, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs at 202-442-8404. Luncsford Prison Art Gallery 1600 K Street NW Suite 501 Washington, DC Hours are Mon. to Fri. 9:30AM to 5:30PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 5:30 PM (also evenings by appointment) To the left is one of many prison art prints that you can purchase at our Saturday-Sunday sale at a special discount. They come from talented men and women in prison from across America. Located three blocks from the White House, the Prison Art Gallery is served by two Metro stations (Farragut North on the Red Line, and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue Lines). Note that the entrance is on 16th Street, at the corner of K Street. Open Mon to Fri, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 5:30 PM (also open evenings by appointment - groups welcome - admission is always free)
Localização: 
Washington, DC
United States

Why the war on drugs isn't working

Localização: 
Canada
Publication/Source: 
The Vancouver Sun (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastlife/story.html?id=7b1dc5a7-d867-4d5e-a646-55f93615cde3

Justice Sunday at the Prison Art Gallery

Come to the Gallery for live music, prison poetry, and featured speaker Phillip Fornaci, director of D.C. Prisoners' Project of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Mr. Fornaci will answer your questions about the rights of DC prisoners and what is being done by him and his top-notch legal team to fully secure those rights. You won't want to miss this event if you have a loved one in jail or prison, or care about the men and women there. Located three blocks from the White House, the Prison Art Gallery is served by two Metro stations (Farragut North on the Red Line, and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue Lines). Note that the entrance is on 16th Street, at the corner of K Street. Open Mon to Fri, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 5:30 PM (also open evenings by appointment - groups welcome - admission is always free).
Data: 
Sun, 04/29/2007 - 2:00pm
Localização: 
1600 K Street NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC
United States

Press Release: Artist, Activist Anthony Papa Exhibits Work at Fundraiser for The Lower Eastside Girls Club

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2007 More Info: Tony Newman at (646) 335-5384 Artist, Rockefeller Reform Activist Anthony Papa Exhibits Art at Fundraiser for The Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York Mr. Papa to Discuss Art as Tool for Personal and Social Change at Reception on February 15 Elected Officials, Drug War Reform Advocates, Community Leaders and Philanthropists Come Together to Support The Lower Eastside Girls Club Anthony Papa, artist, activist and communications specialist for the Drug Policy Alliance, will be exhibiting more than 70 pieces of artwork at The Lower Eastside Girls Club's Art+Community Gallery in a show called, “Now and Then: The Art of Anthony Papa.” The exhibit will feature his work from while he was incarcerated under the Rockefeller Drug Laws and his work since returning home in 1997. Mr. Papa literally painted his way to freedom after finding his passion for art while serving a 15 years to life sentence for a first time nonviolent drug offense. While behind bars, Mr. Papa painted a self portrait, "15 to Life," which eventually displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The injustice of Mr. Papa's case generated national and statewide media in New York and ultimately led to Governor Pataki granting Mr. Papa clemency after serving 12 years in jail. His book "15 To Life" is now on its way to becoming a feature film. "Art has the ability to inspire and transform both the individual and society," says Papa. "The Girls Club has the same impact on hundreds of girls every day." "Art has become my vehicle for expression and empowerment," Papa continued. "I hope to inspire the girls to find their passion and voice in whatever they choose to pursue." The show will continue on until March 5th and is a benefit for the art and curatorial training programs of The Lower Eastside Girls Club. The Girls Club works with economically disadvantaged girls and young women ages 8-23, many who are personally affected by the Rockefeller Drug Laws through the incarceration of family members and friends. "At the Girls Club we believe that art has the power to change reality and open doors. Tony Papa's work shows the girls that this istrue," said Lyn Pentecost, Executive Director. The event will be attended by Lower Eastside Girls Club members and their families, elected officials, drug policy reform activists and philanthropists. I've been a longtime supporter and admirer of Anthony Papa and his work," said Lawrence Goldfarb, CEO of LRG Capital Group, Baystar Capital. "I am honored to lend my time and energy to support the work of my friend, Anthony, and The Lower Eastside Girls Club." Mr. Goldfarb and LRG Capital Group will host a reception at the end of the show. The Lower Eastside Girls Club Art+Community Gallery is at 56 East 1st Street between 1st and 2nd aves. www.girlsclub.org For more information, contact Adriana Pezzulli at 917-653-8542 or [email protected] The Lower Eastside Girls Club is dedicated to providing a place where girls and young women 8-23 can grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world. By delivering strong and innovative arts, athletic, cultural, life-skills and career oriented programming, we provide girls with the vision to plan - and the tools to build - their future.
Localização: 
New York, NY
United States

Prison Art Gallery Update: Discussions underway to establish Prison Art Galleries in six states

More plans from the Prison Art Foundation: The response to the email we sent last week inviting organizations across America to partner with us to operate a Prison Art Gallery in their locale met with a very positive response. As a result, we are now in discussions with organizations and individuals in six states. We are still looking for more potential partners. For a limited time only, the start-up fee of $1500 is being completely waived. If you have any interest in having your own Prison Art Gallery using our superb inventory and expertise (with its attendant grants, publicity and donor cultivation), please contact Dennis Sobin at 202-393-1511 or [email protected].
Localização: 
Washington, DC
United States

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