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

Resources

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

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Every 28 hours on Facebook

We've completed our Facebook page. Thanks to Claudia for putting together this image for the masthead.  We plan to update it in a week with more names of collaborating theaters and partners!




Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cleveland Students Protesting Police Violence Chant Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”

"This is becoming the "Black and I'm Proud" anthem of this generation"---Monique A Robinson


"A group of protesters in Cleveland briefly took up Kendrick Lamar‘s latest single, “Alright” as a rallying cry against police brutality and racial injustice during a demonstration last Sunday. Gathered in the midst of a Black Lives Matter conference that took place there over the weekend, the crowd became increasingly antagonized by law enforcement officers, and then enraged when a 14 year-old boy was taken into custody. Local ABC affiliate newsnet5 reports that officers used pepper spray on protesters who had locked arms in the middle of the street, attempting to prevent a police cruiser to leave and take away the young boy." BY SCOTT HEINS


Read more here: http://www.okayplayer.com/news/kendrick-lamar-police-protest.html

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Black Survival Guide

From US Prison Culture:In 1963, while protesting for school desegration, he was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct & jailed. He wrote about his experiences in Chicago’s Cook County House of Correction in JET MAGAZINE in 1963. Below are his words:"

"How does it feel to see a real, big-time gangster this close up? You wanna know why I stayed in jail for something I believe in very much. I couldn’t march against segregation in Alabama and Mississippi without protesting it here. I was arrested on disorderly conduct charges because I joined hundreds of Negro parents demonstrating against those mobile units being placed all over the South Side in order to keep the city’s schools Jim Crow. The parents call them Willis Wagons because they are Supt. Benjamin Willis’ personal methods of hauling little colored folks all over the city’s Jim Crow ghetto to keep them from the white kids..."

"...Most prisoners are assigned to work details. The officials say race has nothing to do with it. You are assigned on the basis of your training and background and ability. It is all equal. Just like outside. You know what that means.

“I’m gonna write a book exposing this place when I get out. I’ll have a title something like The House of Corruption, That Needs Correction. It has been a real eye opener to be a prisoner and what I’ve seen will fill a book.

“I’ve seen dozens of examples of the greatest injustices of all…guys who wouldn’t even be here except they didn’t get adequate legal help during their trials. And sometimes they have to wait in the House of Correction 30 days to six months to get messed up. A lot of prisoners I’ve talked to complain of this. Most of them leave filled with bitterness and less able to face society then when they were jailed. If this can happen to me and I can afford to pay for legal help, what happens to the millions of poor souls. Guess there is some truth to the axiom ‘Justice delayed is Justice denied.’

“Then I learned about the guys who run this place. It’s a hard cold fact that Negroes with top seniority are passed over for advancement in preference for some white guy. I thought I was fighting racial prejudice and corruption on the outside, but that was nothing compared to in here."


Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory launches Kickstarter campaign to fight mass incarceration. Dick Gregory stars in the documentary The Black Survival Guide.


http://blacksurvivalguide.org/

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

THE BROKEN RECORD



THE BROKEN RECORD at FringeNYC from Jonathan Dent on Vimeo.

THE BROKEN RECORD is a new play that examines the nature of violence between black youth and police officers in the United States. Set in present-day New York City, THE BROKEN RECORD follows a homeless man, Jiva, who witnesses the shooting of a college student at a bus-stop. The fatal day repeats over and over again, while Jiva keeps trying to prevent the shooting from taking place. THE BROKEN RECORD gives voice to the fury, helplessness, and grief we feel watching stories like this play on repeat in our world, and asks the question on so many minds across our nation: Why are black people continually being shot by the police, and how can these fatal encounters be stopped?  

http://www.thebrokenrecord.org/

Monday, July 27, 2015

#SandraBland mural defaced and restored