JAILS ARE A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS!
LET’S GET OUR PEOPLE OUT OF THEM!
Amidst the Covid19 crisis, a powerful group of formerly incarcerated women in Philadelphia are collaborating with artists across the U.S. to help #FreeBlackMamas and Caregivers for Mother’s Day and get them safely to their families and communities, where they belong!
Celebrate and support this powerful collaboration between formerly incarcerated women at the People’s Paper Co-op and artists across North America. Every poster sold will help free black mothers and caregivers for Mothers Day!
The People’s Paper Co-op is a women led, women focused, women powered art and advocacy project at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia. The PPC looks to women in reentry as the leading criminal justice experts our society needs to hear from and uses art to amplify their stories, dreams, and visions for a more just and free world.
In 2019, the People’s Paper Co-op collaborated with the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund on their Mama’s Day Bail Out campaign. The PPC organized exhibitions, parades, press conferences, and events to raise awareness and funds for their campaign while sharing the stories, dreams, and demands of formerly incarcerated women with thousands of Philadelphians. In just two weeks, the PPC raised over $23,000 and helped the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund raise over $135,000 to free black mothers and caregivers for Mother’s Day.
This spring, the PPC is partnering with more artists from across the United States to co-create a poster series to raise money to bail out black mothers and caregivers for Mother’s Day. The women at the PPC sent their poetry, photos, protest slogans and art to artists who then transformed their art into a powerful set of posters.
Majority proceeds from your purchase from Justseeds will go directly to the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund and the National Bail Out; organizations dedicated to reuniting families and friends separated by our broken justice system. We hope you will put them in your homes, schools, public spaces, offices, and anywhere you feel these amazing women need to have their voices heard.
People’s Paper Co-op Fellows 2016-2020: Faith Bartley, Aesha Barnett, Val Bell, Rusty Bentley, Carmelita Bird, Evonia Bivens, Latyra Blake, Jonquil Brown, Catherine Brown, Toni Brown, Antionette Carter, Crystal, Kelly Conway, Hakima Cooper, Kerri DeLeo, Jamila Harris, Stephanie Jackson, Kitty Marrero, Rosa McKnight, Latonya “T” Myers, Tonya Randolph, Veronica Rex, Ros Ryder, Teresa Saunders, Michelle Scales, Lisa Shorter, Nikkie Lee-Smith, Sheri Lopez, Carolyn Smith, Amy Tlapa Stephanie Waters, Heather Wiester
In loving memory of our friends, Catherine Brown, Kelly Conway, and Amy Tlapa.
The PPC is coordinated by co-directors Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist