Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Phase One Oct 20-24, St. Louis County

A Real Life Superhero

Bree Newsome became an Internet and media sensation when she did what many were longing to do but didn’t dare. She scaled a flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and brought the flag down, while police officers waited to arrest her below.

Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Coming soon across the nation! Oct 20-24!

What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality


Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

What is the punishment for aggravated menacing in Ohio? by Claudia Alick

What is the punishment for aggravated menacing in Ohio?
 (draft 1)
By Claudia Alick
This poem is made of language sampled from the answer to this question on ask.com and The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Examiner autopsy  report.

part 1

punishment for first-degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing
in Ohio is up to 180 days in jail
a fine of up to $1000
Under special circumstances
the crime can be a fourth or fifth-degree felony
the punishment is more severe.

What is a first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio?
What is a fourth-degree misdemeanor in Ohio?
What is a "Felony 5" in Ohio?

If the victim of aggravated menacing is either an officer
or a children service agency employee engaged in job duties,
aggravated menacing is a fifth-degree felony
This is punishable by a sentence of 6 to 12 months in prison
 a fine of up to $2500,
 If the offender commits aggravated menacing in these special circumstances
has previously been convicted of or pleaded guilty to an violent offense
the crime is a fourth-degree felony
This is punishable by a sentence of 6 to 18 months in prison
a fine of up to $5000

part 2

be it remembered
the dead body of a boy
supposed to have come to his death
the result of criminal
or other violent means
or casualty
or suicide
or suddenly when in apparent health
or in any suspicious
or unusual manner

Tamir Rice was single
12 years of age
a resident of Cleveland Ohio
a native of Cleveland Ohio
of the black race
brown eyes
black hair
no beard
no mustache

upon full inquiry
based on all known facts
Tamir E Rice
came to his death officially
there is history
outside a recreation center
shot by a police officer
a legal intervention
collapsed to the ground
treatment and drug therapy were administered
Tamir E Rice failed to respond
pronounced dead
mortuary services dispatched
gunshot wound of torso
injuries of major vessel

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Our Life: The Black Youth Stories

Our Life: The Black Youth Stories is a production of carefully pieced stories from black Americans about the black experience in America. Specifically, these narratives will focus on the experience of black youths, past and present, forced to view their blackness as limitation and the lasting effects these limitations create. Our intent is to develop a performance piece that creates a conversation about the current climate of black America, compares it to the conditions of the past, and fosters dialogue on how we can begin to navigate the continuing adversity.

There will be talkbacks held after each performance to allow an open forum during which audience members may express their thoughts about the issues at hand as well as the production's process and message.

Our Life: The Black Youth Stories Project
Written by Ross Jackson, Megan Gainey, Taylor Fagins
Based upon stories collected from black Americans about the black experience in America
Directed by Amanda Novoa

Read more here: http://howlround.com/livestreaming-our-life-the-black-youth-stories-an-original-production-presented-at-the-university-of