East Bay Artists Raise Bond Funds for Immigrants in Richmond Detention

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Where: Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
Address: 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/godssvACfcn

Artists For Humanity hosts benefit concert on January 28, 2018, 2:45-5:30 pm at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, for CIVIC to help immigrants who are being detained at in Richmond, California.


El Cerrito, California, Artists for Humanity, (December 21, 2017) —
Artists For Humanity will host a concert to benefit immigrants being detained at the West County Detention Facility (WCDF) in Richmond, California. The concert, being held at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on January 28,2018 2:45-5:30 pm, will raise funds to be used for the bond fund run by Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), a nonprofit devoted to ending the plight of men and women in US immigration detention. The concert will feature dance, music, and poetry by Calpulli Huey Papalotl, Dancechant, Humanistic, and Pennie Opal Plant.

Even before troubling reports about inhumane conditions for immigrants in detention at WCDF in Richmond, California, were reported in the San Francisco Chronicle in November, prompting Rep Mark DeSaulnier D-Concord and US Senator Dianne Feinstein to call for investigations and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to announce an investigation into conditions, Artists for Humanity had learned about the conditions and begun organizing to raise funds.

When people are jailed for their immigration status, a civil issue, they are taken away from their families and are held equally to those charged with a criminal violation, without the same protections, such as an attorney if one cannot be afforded. Immigrants are left to fight their cases alone and from jail. Those who do not have the money to post their bonds cannot return to their families while they prepare for their trail. Artists for Humanity looks to give them hope by contributing to a revolving bond fund.

The concert will feature Danza Mexica, a ceremony by Calpulli Huey Papalotl Cultural Group, where the dancers in full dance regalia connect to the cosmos and their indigenous ancestors; Dance Chant, a unique gathering of 12 musicians gathered to play a cathartic adventure and exploration into dance, rhythm and expression that cultivates love, joy, and community with simple meaningful chants and melodic phrases that invite listeners to join in and sing and dance along with the band; Humanistic is a diverse soulful jazz band with a flare for funk featuring international artist Otoe Mori on saxophone, Greg German on drums, and Vince Khoe on keys; and poetry by local artist Pennie Opal Plant.

About Artists for Humanity
Artists for Humanity is a passionate group of artists and organizers in the East Bay. https://www.facebook.com/AfHBenefits/

CIVIC is a national nonprofit headquartered in San Francisco, California, with a mission to abolish the U.S. immigration detention system. In addition to providing independent oversight of the U.S. immigration detention system, CIVIC also challenges immigration detention practices.

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