Doug Glover was good enough to publish this account of our work and my own uncertainties in the February 2014 issue of Numero Cinq. Which you can read here.
I'm off to the Awaken Your Imagination workshop (to the dismay of the cat who wishes I were around more these days) but first saw this in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/06/opinion/06herbert.html?hpw
The city gets sued (and loses) over the way school safety officers and cops treat kids in school. This is the second article I've linked to in a week or two. The NY times is doing its job. Why isn't the Los Angeles Times covering the abuse of our kids? It's not a New York City problem. It's here too, big time.
Join us on March 5th and 6th for Awaken Your Imagination, an experiential workshop for anyone seeking personal or social change. By exploring situations dramatically and imagining different ways of engaging in these situations, we can experience the ability to generate positive change in ourselves and in our community. Using experimental techniques based on Theatre of the Oppressed, drumming, dance, storytelling, council circle and more, we will co-create a space that invites the freedom of imagination and the possibility of joy. We invite you to join us in the very serious work of change through play.
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Los Angeles, CA 90014
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That stands for Life Without Parole -- draconian sentences handed down on children who are tried as adults. Once sent to adult prison, they will NEVER be eligible for release on parole.
Who are they? Well, take Sara Kruzan. Growing up in abusive surroundings, she was raped at age thirteen by a man who then turned her out as a prostitute. Where was society then? Where was the help she needed? But three years later when she killed him, the system was quick to condemn her. Today, Sara Kruzan is in prison at Chowchilla and unless the law is changed--and made retroactive--she'll never be free.
With Hector Aristizábal's nonprofit, ImaginAction, I'm working with the Youth Justice Coalition to create theatre we can perform on the streets of LA to let people know what LWOP means and what it's doing to kids.
250 young people are doomed to die in prison in California, more than 2500 in the US. No other country in the world permits this sentence.
Here in California, State Senator Leland Yee has introduced legislation to end the practice. Unable to get it passed, he keeps watering it down and watering it down. Will it finally pass?
We all have to let our representatives know we won't consider them soft on crime if they use their heads and hearts and make State policy a rational one.
Author, Playwright, Troublemaker