Mayday 08 - Faith Pam Levi and Terina Miller at Mayday celebration May/2008
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Welalien Ache, thank you, everyone again for your love and solidarity in getting The Jailhouse Blues released, YAY! we got the album recorded pressed and distributed to women prisoners and there allies. In the Faithnet I want to share with you news about the two new jail projects I am working at for the next year , a sistering singing group and update you about camp sis.please feel free to check out the song below "Countin the Cash" in solidarity with all of us who have been through the psychiatric industrial complex- by Faith Nolan
This sunny ,rainy summer and I gave thanks everyday for the sun, earth and sky, Well Summer is over. you can see my new goodtimes banjo in the pic. The album launch is finished and I am getting the songs out to media, slowly. I did a week of kids and adult choirs at Camp Naivelt this summer which was great fun and what a wow weekend of concerts with wonderful Naivelt performers where we celebrating Pete Seeger who performed at Naivelt and had the annual peace tea..As I approach sixty I am so happy to have been building decks(3) and a new porch , feeling joy and strength in the piney woods. Now I am back and forth from Toronto to the Piney woods. To start the Fall I will be two new music empowerment programs at two womens jail in Ontario. Along with songwriting, voicing and learning ukulele , guitar and banjo we will be trying out some music theatre.Thanks to ETFO and Kathleen Loftus for this ongiong support of the programs. Toyin, Pamela,Dinah, Pat A, Bo-Yi,Nadan, and Ash and I met as group over the spring and have corordinated six new volunteers women to come into one jail this fall to begin new writing, yoga, music and support programs for our sisters inside. Some women are working on getting transportation together so women and children can visit and arranging for rides for sisters who are released. One exciting Toronto Community event we will hold later this Fall will be a coat raising ( bring a coat to come to the concert , these coats will be given to women in jail )
I am also looking forward to doing song workshops at Native Womens Centre with 2 spirited trans sex workers in Toronto. I also begin singing workshops this fall at Sistering a safe space for women who are marginalizeds, poor, isolated on Thursdays. This summer Camp Sis was lucky enough to have our 2 spirited elder and caretaker of the land Doreen Silversmith stay at Camp sis. Doreen hosted the women who visited , camped and made gardens. Toyin and family+ friends are building a cabin they will stay in. Along with Patricia K. they are helping winterize the main house where Doreen stays, Patricia K. is also making plans to build a cabin at Camp Sis.Women have been fundraising at Camp Sis to pay the taxes and we will be holding a pay the tax event to get Camp Sis taxes together. Next summer 2015 we will once again hold the Camp Sis Retreat and Music Festival.
need any info please email me at : email@example.com
The Voices of Freedom Choir may start up again in January 2015 so holla back if your interested , peace , joy and justice, faith nolan
free download: enjoy the first recorded song for the jail house blues
My name is Faith Nolan. For the the past six years I’ve been co-ordinating and collecting songs in my music workshops in two Ontario prisons. My new recording, a worthwhile project "I am a Prisoner", needs help to get done. As an independent singer songwriter for 30 years I spent time doing music for schools, unions, jails, countless benefits for AIDS, Homelessness, Anti-racism, etc… I have worked with Angela Davis, Odetta, Pete Seeger to name a few and been involved with music for women in jails for more than two decades. It is time to record this jailhouse music and I am asking for your help.
What is dead time?
Dead time is the time a person spends in jail before his or her bail hearing and time spent in jail after an unsuccessful bail hearing, but before a trial or sentencing hearing.
This type of jail is more accurately referred to as a pretrial custody centre. These places typically have less resources for the inmates than a prison or penitentiary, where an inmate will serve out a sentence. They are hubs, like an airport or a bus station, where people wait to figure out where they’re going next. The cells will typically be more crowded than in prisons or penitentiaries and there is little for the inmates to do. Rehabilitation programs and counselling services are non-existent or in short supply.
Music is a place of healing through the music. When women sing and write they express truth and raw emotions. This sharing helps them be present and take a break from their troubles. These songs will help heal in times of trouble.
What I’m Looking For?
That is why I am asking your help with this 12 song Cd and digital recording + songbook, T-shirt project. I’ve estimated I will need around $3.500 and raising more I will be able to continue collecting and dispersing the words of the silenced, the neglected, the abused, the not seen or heard women, who are growing in numbers on our streets. The proceeds from sales will go to creating a fund to give women housing upon release from jail. This musical voice will be heard and a few women from jail will be out of the streets and most importantly that these lives and their stories are documented artistically in their own voices.
to donate Proof of Concept
Of course, I wouldn't ask you to contribute without having heard a note, so I'm making a full-length preview track from the album available to download for absolutely free.
many thanks , we"lallien, Ache, to a better world
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