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Virginia Cheung

Supporting: All Hands on the Decks for Give a Beat

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“Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.” ― Angela Davis.

I am co-founder and board member of Give a Beat. Lauren Segal, Greg Lucas​ and I met many years ago on the dance floor and created this org in 2013 because we saw the power of music to connect people from diverse backgrounds and we saw mass incarceration as one of the biggest injustices in our system. We envision a world where those most affected by incarceration are not only shown compassion and dignity, but empowered to forge talents and creative careers. Please join me and support our programs to provide healing and pathways out of prison through music.

All Hands on the Decks is a fundraising and advocacy campaign to raise funds for Give a Beat’s “On a New Track” Reentry Mentoring Program and encourage critical voting in the upcoming election. This campaign aims to raise awareness about the various unjust barriers people face after incarceration and mobilize our communities to support criminal justice reform legislation. Funds raised will allow Give a Beat to expand our reentry mentoring program to reach more people and ensure that participants have the resources and support they need to pursue their creative career dreams.




GOALS:

  • To raise money for Give a Beat and specifically to support our “On a New Track” Reentry Mentoring Program.
  • To align with current racial justice movements while expanding out to the broader initiatives to transform the criminal justice system.
  • To push specific bills and voting for officials at the city, county, and state levels that are progressive on equity and justice, helping build lines of defense to uphold our civil rights.



Downloadable Campaign Resources:

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About On a New Track: Give a Beat was awarded a modest Reentry Through The Arts Grant from the California Arts Council to pilot our unique “On a New Track” Reentry Mentoring Program. We will train eight people who are in the Defy Ventures program and have been previously incarcerated. They will be mentored in the art of DJing, Music Production, and related business and entrepreneurial skills. By connecting previously incarcerated individuals with music business professionals, we aim to develop a cycle of change that encourages people to harness their creative talents while activating electronic music community members to be active advocates for justice and reforms.


About Give a Beat: Our mission is to reduce the harmful effects of incarceration through music production, DJing and other education programs that transform individuals and inspire communities to take action. Through music education and mentoring programs in juvenile halls, schools, and our Prison Electronic Music Program, we engage our industry to help widen the pathways for people to thrive, tackle systemic racism, and contribute to the larger criminal justice reform movement. To learn more, visit www.giveabeat.org




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Give a Beat’s #AllHandsontheDecks campaign is raising awareness and funds for a music-centered #reentry program while simultaneously pushing for #CriminalJustice reform and voting in this critical election. Donate to support their new program: http://allhandsonthedecks.com #giveabeat

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