May 11, 2010 – Segment 3

The Creative Alliance’s URBAN/APPALACHIA series traces the connections between the inner city of Baltimore and the rural towns of the Appalachian region.  Tomorrow, Wednesday the 12th at 7pm there will be a free screening of Up the Ridge, a documentary by the Thousand Kites project that traces the connections between Appalachian prisons and the inner city.  Thousand Kites is a national new media project that works to get messages from families of the incarcerated to their loved ones behind bars.  
If you have a loved one in prison far away and want to leave them a message, you can call the toll-free line 877-410-4863 and leave them a greeting.  For more information, watch this video.
We spoke with:
Luisa Bieri, Outreach Coordinator for the Creative Alliance
Mia Frederick, Producer of the Thousand Kites radio program
Nick  Szuberla, founder of Thousand Kites Appalshop
Bashi Rose, director of Hagerstown prison’s D.R.A.M.A. club and founder of NOMMO theater 
Mildred Jackson, whose son is incarcerated in an Appalachian prison, and who is a frequent caller to the Thousand Kites radio show

Written by Marc Steiner

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1 Comment

  1. Jolie Doggett says:

    I love what the Thousand Kites project is doing about the human rights abuse in the Appalachian mountains. Even something as simple as a hip-hop radio station could give these emotional and physically isolated black prisoners something to help them hold on to their sanity.

    The underground segregation, the hidden economic agenda, and the silent abuse that goes on in the Appalachian Prisons is the same injustice that go on in many prisons across America. It makes me happy to know that there are those who will make the effort to reach out to those prisoners, who will try to relate to those prisoners,and who will become lifelines for those prisoners. There are a lot of problems with the prison system. These problems can’t be solved until people acknowledge that there needs to be a change. Thanks to Thousand Kites for taking the first steps toward change. And to Mildred Jackson, keep your head up Mama. Those who suffer as Jesus suffered will inherit His kingdom. What you do is changing things in someones life. Stay positive, all the prisoner family members out there.

    Keep Prisons in Prayer,

    -Jolie D.

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