JusticeLA, #SchoolsNotPrisons, Question Culture and Reform LA Jails produits Defund the Sheriff, what a criminal justice speaker and musician Mike de la Rocha and former CEO of Question Culture Richie Reseda executive product. The LP 17 tracks comes in time with local campaigns to invest in alternatives to incarceration as LA County pushes to build two new prisons with a budget of $ 3.5 billion, so these artists exercise pressure to abandon the project with theirs.
“The industrial complex of the prisons of the divided states of America is one of the biggest spots that has ever tarnished the bloody flag that is America,” Mensa said in the press release. “The sheriff is little more than the militarized arm of this oppressive system; it is our duty as revolutionaries to challenge and dismantle white supremacy to the greatest extent possible in our lifetimes, by whatever means necessary. ”
Mensa and Jauregui appear on the first track “Largest Jail System on Earth” with Reseda, while the Chicago-born rapper skips on three other songs. Blacc appears twice on the list under his alias Avery Blackman for “Black is Beautiful” and as part of hip-hop group Emanon with producer Exile for “Shine Your Light”.
“This album is an expression of this vision set to music. Our aim is to spark listeners’ imaginations with the truth and inspire them to act, ”said Ivette Ale, Principal organizer of JusticeLA, in the press release. “The music will support our upcoming campaigns to postpone the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, stop the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for sheriff’s lawsuits, and invest those dollars in alternatives to incarceration and care.” community. ”
Where popular culture and politics meet, these 20 exploited artists and four organizations find themselves collectively calling on LA County to redirect the billions of dollars poured into the way people have been vetted into solutions showing how people should be supported, such as affordable, accessible housing. mental health care and access to education. Last month, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to carry over $ 145.4 million from the Sheriff’s Department.
But for 88, a currently incarcerated artist who sings “Kings In Chains” on the album, he tells his story behind bars.
“I’m currently serving 40 years, even double life, to which LA County sentenced me to 15 years. I have been imprisoned for 17 years, ”he said in the statement. “It’s up to artists like me to use art to tell the truth – to use art for abolition. I have firsthand experience with LA County Law Enforcement and they don’t have a good track record with people of color. ”
Listen Defund The Sheriff (L’album) below.