July 2014: Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow

Write a song that helps people understand today’s prison system and  inspires struggles to end prison injustice.

The United States imprisons more of it’s citizens as a percentage of the population (2 million as of 2012) than any other country in the world. The prison population has grown exponentially since the declaration of the “war on drugs” around 1970, and the prison industry is profiting enormously. We want songs addressing many aspects of this, including: massive racial disparities in the prison system — what Michelle Alexander calls “the new Jim Crow”; for-profit prisons; prison labor; denial of voting rights; the effects on families and communities; and many other repercussions. We wants songs about how communities — particularly communities of color and their allies — are resisting this mass incarceration of a generation and pointing the way forward to a humane justice system.

Submission deadline has passed.  The deadline to submit your song was June 9, 2014.

The Song of the Month will be announced July 1, 2014.


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