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Trailer of The Wait Room dance film, Produced by: Jo Kreiter and Austin Forbord.
Dear Friend of Flyaway,
We are in an unprecedented American moment, with white nationalism on the rise. Inside this moment, I’ve been contemplating the shared pain of Jewish and African-American histories of race and capture. Acknowledging the complicated, problematic, and honorable history of solidarity between Black and Jewish movements for social change, we are posing the question, “How can Black and Jewish voices work together to amplify the call for racial justice via an end to mass incarceration?”
To explore this question I’ve pulled together a formidable coalition…the Museum of the African Diaspora; Bend the Arc, and to keep the conversation timely, effective, and genuine, I am including the perspective of incarcerated people with the artists of Prison Renaissance, who are behind bars at San Quentin, CA.
Introducing: MEET US QUICKLY WITH YOUR MERCY Part 2 of The Decarceration Trilogy (2019-2021)
A layered public art performance that links the caging of black bodies with a specifically Jewish dehumanization that flourished in the 20th century and is becoming bolder today.
In 2020, I’m working to facilitate an opportunity for greater reconciliation between Black and Jewish communities.
The project title is drawn from World English Bible PSALM 79: 8: “Don't hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us. Let your tender mercies speedily meet us, for we are in desperate need.”
In the words of my creative partner Rahsaan Thomas: “Mass incarceration is rooted in white supremacy. So, the 'us' is all of us. Jewish and Black. Incarcerated and free. Most of us are guilty of our crimes and want mercy from the sentence. Even though factors much bigger than choice landed us in prison, there is no excuse for harming others. So, we need Mercy, which should be granted, due to the totality of circumstances.”
Please help us reframe the conversation. Your support will be used to pay for the artists’ fees, the rigging, the insurance and all the magic that goes on behind the scenes, so we can deliver inspired art in public space, for free. Please show your support by making a secure donation HERE.
Thank you, in advance, for your contribution towards this ambitious project. We can’t do it without you!