On February 13th, Silent Cry Inc. held a community rally for Black History Month in honor of Albert L Philips Sr. and honored five law enforcement officers who are creating community through caring for community. We gave out community resources, food PPE, books, children's clothing, and more. To continue advocating on behalf of Silent Cry Inc., please contact your New York Senator Brian A. Benjamin at 212-222-7315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org that you are in support of the Post-Traumatic Prison Disorder Shawanna W76337 Bill.
When it comes to community grassroots organizing and coalition building for equity and inclusion, we must be mindful to never overlook smaller, less structurally developed advocacy groups, especially before we understand their on-the-ground impacts on the lives of people they serve. Shout out to Shawanna Vaughn and Silent Cry Inc. and The FARM, Inc H.O.L.L.A. Cobra Marching Band and more for their continued leadership and for being on the ground providing those resources that are most needed.
Follow Silent Cry Inc. on Instagram at @silent_cry_inc and on Twitter at @SilentcrySv. Go visit their website at https://silentcryinc.org/.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 @ 6PM
CLAIMING THE VISUAL NARRATIVE
Claiming the Visual Narrative in Newark, NJ is a community arts project created by The Confined Arts (TCA) with the goal of developing representative imagery in Newark, a community that continues to be vulnerable to racially unjust narratives of the war on drugs.
The Confined Arts has partnered with Yendor Productions, a Newark based organization that fosters hope and healing through access to the arts and cross-cultural programming, to host a community meeting where grass-roots Organizations, Artists, Activist, and other community stakeholders can discuss the role that public art and aesthetics can play in ending to the war on drugs and systemic racism in Newark.
The Claiming the Visual Narrative Project will be responding to the Salvation and Social Justice Coalition call to action, as we explore the role that public arts and aesthetics can play in abolishing the war on drugs in New Jersey, and specifically the Newark’s West Ward.
The Confined Arts will also be discussing media production opportunities that are available Spring 2021 for ARTISTS IN NEWARK through our partnership with the Newark Community Solution Center
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Research shows evidence that incarceration has negative psychological effects on people in prison. These include: A dependence on institutional structure and contingencies. Hypervigilance, interpersonal distrust, and suspicion. Emotional over-control, alienation, and psychological distancing. Social withdrawal and isolation. Incorporation of exploitative norms of prison culture. Diminished sense of self-worth and personal value. And post-traumatic stress reactions to the pains of imprisonment (Haney, 2001). The deprived social environment of prison can potentially impede one’s social capacity to navigate various social obligations post-incarceration.
The Confined Arts (TCA) and Release Aging People from Prison (RAPP) presents Open Call for Clemency, an online exhibition featuring works by artists who are currently incarcerated. The works reflect on personal responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the urgency and importance of clemency. Due to new COVID-19-related communication restrictions imposed in jails and prisons, many artists are not able to share their work or access materials to create new work at this time. This exhibition persists in spite of these limitations. The goal of this exhibition is to emphasize the humanity of those who are incarcerated, share their works as widely as possible, and ultimately reach the Governors’ offices, to advocate for clemency.
On Thursday, May 21, TCA held a Community Art-making Exercise as part of our Remote Art Series on Human Resilience and Criminal Justice on Zoom. Participants used art to express their own dialogues, and connect with each other!