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Healing the Wound of Incarceration: A performance directed by Patrisse Cullors

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

All Beta Main programs are free.
114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013


A jail bed represents trauma, shame, torture, and death. How do we heal when LA County is planning to build two new jails with upwards of 6,000 beds? How do we heal when the county’s idea of a mental health center is a jail? How do we heal when Black and Brown communities continue to be targeted by this administration?

This performance by Dignity and Power Now’s Jayda Rasberry and directed by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors explores the complexities of state-sanctioned violence, how it manifests, and the resilience within the Black community that allows us to heal.

Following the performance, join us for an engaging dialogue with Rasberry and Cullors on the pressing issues rooted in Los Angeles’s prison industrial complex.

This program is open to all and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves. The exhibition will be open during the program. All Beta Main exhibitions and programs are FREE.


Jayda Rasberry is a formerly incarcerated activist and social commentator from Los Angeles. In 2006 Jayda was sentenced to Valley State Prison for Women where she would spend 6 years of her life. Since her release in 2012 she has been to Sacramento to speak on many topics including medical negligence and reducing the prison population with community based alternatives. In 2014 she became an organizer with Dignity and Power Now where she has led leadership workshops, fought against jail construction, and been featured in several viral videos including #MeToo For Incarcerated Women. As a formerly incarcerated person and a queer woman of color Jayda believes that it is important to be a voice of change in directly impacted communities. She has lived the harsh realities of what happens behind the walls of prison and strongly believes that it is her duty to fight and to be a voice for people who are incarcerated.


Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Founder of Dignity and Power Now and cofounder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker. She’s received many awards for activism and movement building, including being named by the Los Angeles Times as a Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century and the Sydney Peace Prize for her work with Black Lives Matter. Patrisse is currently in the middle of an international tour for her new book When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.