Pussy Riot in Los Angeles!

Pussy Riot discussion in L.A. organized by The Voice Project. Photos by Jim Newberry.

 

Last night I was fortunate to watch (and photograph) a discussion with  Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova and Maria (Masha) Alyokhina of Pussy Riot, on a panel with Wayne Kramer, Shepard FaireyAnne Litt, Pyotr Verzilov, Hunter Heaney, and Chris Holmes.

 

It was sad and infuriating to hear Nadya and Masha detail how Vladimir Putin and others have tried to silence them in many ways, including prison terms and physical attacks; but also incredibly inspiring to see how they have persevered, courageously standing up—risking their lives in fact—to stand up for human rights (their own rights and the rights of others).

 

Wayne Kramer had sobering as well as hopeful things to say about incarcerated Americans; his organization Jail Guitar Doors is involved with education and rehabilitation, including providing musical instruments to inmates.  

 

The event was organized by Hunter Heaney and Chris Holmes’ organization The Voice Project, which strives to effect social change through the power of music.

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