Saturday, April 26, 2014

the end of April calender

April 26 @ 7:00 pm
Families F.I.R.S.T. (Friends Involved in Resistance to State Torture)
Monthly dinner for those with incarcerated loved ones to come together, support one another as families affected by the prison system, share knowledge of how to navigate various systems (i.e. CPS, prisoner health, visitation, packages, $ on books, etc.) and have an awesome dinner. Basic dinner provided but feel free to bring more food.

For Us Prison is Personal
Everyday families and communities are attacked; fathers, brothers, mothers and other loved ones are kidnapped by the state, tortured emotionally, psychologically, sexually and physically.
All of this is done under the illusion of “public safety” and accountability but as we well know, we become less and less safe with every family member we lose. No wrong is made right through the torture that is prison.
We know that we have to come together and build stronger communities in order to foster safety. That we must challenge the idea that our lives and those of our loved ones don’t matter, we must challenge their treatment and demand a change because our Families Matter.

***Chosen family is family, be it by necessity or strong connection you define family for yourself :)

April 27th 6-9 PM  Protest safety community workshop  w/


Insurgent Theatre will be performing Behind the Badge at Pipsqueak in Seattle!

Saturday May 17th 7:00 pm 

Behind the Badge: A Theatrical Examination of Police and Prison in America.

Written by Ben Turk
Directed by Kate Pleuss
Performed by Ben Turk with Colleen Hackett

– 90 minutes

What does it mean to be a compassionate, dedicated, humane police officer in the country with the world's highest incarceration rate and a continuing tradition of racial injustice? Insurgent Theatre brings audiences behind the badge of a neighborhood liaison officer, using stripped-down interactive theatre and a radical analysis to peer into the inner life of a man in blue.

On this tour we're going to be weaving Colleen/Firehawk's work with Elephant Circle in to the play. This will also be the first opportunity to get your grubby paws on Firehawk's excellent new zine on female incarceration and "rehabilitation".

More on Insurgent Theatre: Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging and useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist empire. We've been making original theatre since 2003 and frequently touring the country since August, 2008.

More on Elephant Circle: EC is a group led by women in prison that focuses on facilitating a systemic analysis of violence and victimization among incarcerated survivors of intimate partner violence. Colleen's work with the group will contribute to a discussion about transformative justice and include some of the poetry produced by women in the group.

MAY 17th Behind the Badge w/ Insurgent Theatre
Insurgent Theatre will be performing Behind the Badge at Pipsqueak in Seattle!