70 poets participated in our second year of poetry. You can pick up a free book of poetry at the show or read it online.
Across the Walls is a documentary film that offers an intimate glimpse into the experiences of women sentenced to life in prison without parole in the state of Pennsylvania. After decades of activism and community building, recently Avis Lee and Paulette Carrington were released from life sentences after each serving over 40 years. As they adjust to life outside, they’ve kept their focus on organizing to end life without parole, and helping the women they left inside be released.
Empathy is the Seed
Truth is the Water
Solidarity is the Bloomage
5th Annual Art Show (2021)
Let’s Get Free’s 5th annual art show featured artists in prison and artists in solidarity with those in prison. Each artist responds to, creates from or embodies ingredients of abolition; the work to build and maintain a movement, the call for freedom, the desire to be seen, the presence and insistence on humanity, the practice of resistance and the true magic of possibility and what can be.
This poignant 12 minute vignette features the transformative journeys of Tequilla Fields and Tameka Flowers who are both seeking commutation. This film radiates resilience and the power to change that is widespread amongst people with death by incarceration sentences. Listen to more stories here.
The Creative Resistance Committee is just one part of Let’s Get Free.
Let’s Get Free’s Permanent Art Collection
Our permanent art collection is meant to be borrowed to give voice to people in prison and create dialogue wherever it may be. The art has been gathered over the years from our annual art shows and years of collaborating with artists in prison.
women with life sentences
women sentenced to die in PA prisons
people who identify as transgender with DBI (that we know of)
women have been commuted since 2015 (3 women were commuted between 1992-2015)
women have died in custody since 1982
We got issues
There are many facets to the issue of death by incarceration in PA and how it intersects with gender. Here are some of them explained.
- Aging in Prison
- Life Sentences are Death Sentences
- Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Transformation, Resilience & Redemption
- Compassionate/Medical Release
- Public Safety