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Monday, May 20, 2013

Anathema Art "Clothes Pin" Exhibit was a success

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;

The Anathema Art project went well as people from all over Kansas City came to take in the art made by of Federal prisoners, at the Pop Up Art Gallery, last Friday. There was also poetry reading, and speakers, including a defense attorney and some experts on the use of art as a form of therapy for those who are incarcerated in our federal prison system.
There were at least two large rooms of artwork, and some displays by non-prisoners. Food and drink was also served.
One speaker who got a lot of attention was Bruce Hendrick, a criminal defendant attorney.
“Don’t be afraid to say ‘no!” he warned his audience, as to requests made by the police. “They try to turn everything into consent. ‘You don’t mind if I search your vehicle.’ ‘You don’t have anything to hide do you.”
He told people in the audience they have a right to refuse such requests and; “If you give that consent, we can’t help you if you do that.”
He said that a person doesn’t have to let the police into their house, if they have been smoking dope or have something they don’t want the police to see.
“There are a lot of dos and don’ts,” he added. “They don’t want to let you go. They may let you go because they can’t hold you and then they will re-arrest you.”
Also speaking that night was Linda Gates. She talked about the therapy that art provides people in prison.
“People in prison suffer a lot of trauma,” Gates said. There are many kinds of trauma to the loss of a puppy, the loss of a relationship, or the loss of a person. Art heals.”
I spoke on the futility of U.S. drug laws that are leading to un-necessary long-term prison sentences.
Poetry written by prisoners was also read at the event.

*Currently Richard Ortega (art on this page) is in a disclosed location and in solitary confinement for his protection. 22 yrs he has spent in 4 different prisons serving on a life sentence as an innocent man. All his art that will be sold will go directly into Ortegas account (each move to a prison he loses everything, he’s back to 0) and into a account for his new start up business once he is released. The Anathema Family is proud to announce "Orega Dezignz" coming soon.


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