UN/LOCKED : Healing Trauma
A healing justice workshop using storytelling and creativity to address the connection between the criminal justice system and the mind prisons/body prisons/structural prisons communities of color navigate daily.
In partnership with KVRU 105.7, VJSL produces a series of community specific PSAs and public affairs stories with a focus on disseminating information to Southeast Seattle around the prison industrial complex, the NO NEW YOUTH JAIL movement, and the school to prison pipeline. Additional coverage areas include addressing the importance of arts and culture in addressing systemic oppression in marginalized communities, along with extensive coverage on Seattle's housing affordability crisis. Southeast Seattle is a great place for this project because it is home to one of the most diverse legislative districts in the nation! To submit a story for consideration, email: email@example.com.
A narrative short film exploring the rising number of girls, and gender non-conforming youth of color being incarcerated in the juvenile justice system. The shorts follow a young girl being released from juvenile detention, a young woman caught up in sex trafficking and a gender non-conforming youth who gets singled out for disciplinary action highlighting the school to prison pipeline. Their narratives converge in a final scene highlighting artistic poetic power these young people possess and the solace they are able to find in community youth-led space.