JustWrite is excited and honored to be collaborating with As/Us, a literary journal and space showcasing creative literary expressions and scholarly work, to publish JustWrite participant’s poetry both online and in a printed version of the journal. You can visit the As/Us website for the current online version http://asusjournal.org/ In the following collection of poetry from incarcerated and formerly incarcerated authors, a common thread of humanity weaves its way through themes of addiction, incarceration, domestic and state violence, poverty, hope, love, despair, loss, healing and survival – all written inside the walls of prisons, some finding their way to us from the depths of solitary confinement. These words are from the hearts, souls, and minds of men who have found the courage and concern to speak and let their voices echo through a society who often dismisses or denies their very existence. Stark truths beckon us to hear, acknowledge and respond. We hope you are inspired as we have been by these courageous writers.
JustWrite visionaries, Carlos Contreras and Diahndra Grill, will be participating on a panel at the Amnesty International Regional Conference taking place the weekend of November 7th. The panel discussion will take place on Sunday, 11/9, from 10:45am-12pm. The title of the panel is “A beautiful Movement: Building Relationships and Power. This panel will discuss how different types of activism can contribute to a comprehensive human rights movement – be it through art, lobbying, or nonviolent direct action across distinct, yet interconnected, movements. The panelists will share experiences in diverse communities and movements, showing the power of working together for a shared vision of a more just future.
Carlos Contreras, Co-Founder, JustWrite
Diahndra Grill, Co-Founder, JustWrite
Justin Remer-Thamert, Program Director, New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Sofia Martinez, Co-Founder, Los Jardines Institute
Sara Schmidt, Amnesty International, Senior Field Organizer
You can find out more information about the workshops, panels, talks and events here: http://www.amnestyusa.org/events/regional-conferences/western-regional-conference We hope to see you at the event! If you’d like to attend, please register here: https://donate.amnestyusa.org/ea-action/action?ea.campaign.id=30643&ea.client.id=1839&myState=nm and be sure to list JustWrite under the Hosting Committee field.