Live Free Together: Healing justice impacted communities
Holistic media, programs, and resources for healing, empowerment and POV shift led by people with lived experience.
LIVE FREE TOGETHER: LIFE AFTER LIFE & HEALING COMMUNITIES
We believe healing is rooted in family and community.
It is nurtured through collective knowledge and connection. It is supported through storytelling by those with lived experience, and community action.We are seeking to bring light and power to the ritual of reentry. Through our work we deepen understandings of harm and trauma in our communities. We identify and remove the practices that exist to oppress and impede the successful reentry of our brothers and sisters.We seek to embrace what was lost.
We are working to solve mass incarceration from an holistic view -- led and informed by justice impacted individuals -- focusing on youth trauma that leads to adult incarceration.
What are the rules of reentry?
When are we healed?
When are we forgiven?
When are we welcomed back?
What is amends for justice impacted individuals and families?
How can those reentering communities make amends?
How do we as a community look to future?
How do we heal as a community effort?
As a community we must disrupt the political status quo among the electorate in key regions in Florida through a campaign of film screenings and forums ahead of the next political session. We must counter the erosion of democratic and humanist values with a holistic framework that supports healing communities. Our goal is to connect those who are ready into action. In every screening we change as hearts and minds through the experiential journey of formerly incarcerated and justice impacted families. Through thoughtful dialogue, conversations, and healing circles all led by justice impacted participants in the film, as well as family members we can be rooted and ground in lasting generational change. Our goal is to both decrease opposition while promoting growth and strengthening the force of those ready to join the fight for change. Life After Life continues to fuel dialogue, advocacy, and healing across the country. We have already held over 50 screenings, panels, and healing circles reaching approximately 10,000 people in at least 15 states from California and Hawaii to Indiana, Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, Washington to Florida, and Vermont to Texas. The film is being used in classes at dozens of academic, young adult courts, and correctional institutions and has even inspired the development of new coursework. Perhaps most extraordinarily, the film continues to empower young voices to tell their stories.
Storytelling expands technology!
Our big idea...The LiFT (Live Free Together) App will serve as a hub for connecting online, in our communities, building coalitions locally and nationally, a resource center, and a place for folks to turn for allies and mentors post-incarceration.
LAL BUDGET NEEDS
$5,000 Scheduled Activities/Actions, $1,500 Travel. $1,000 LiFt (Live Free Together) App Mock-up. Stretch Goals $5000 Extend engagement to two more cities.
Tamara Perkins, Director | Producer is a change maker focused on documentaries that inspire dialogue, empower and provide voice for vulnerable communities. She uses film as a vehicle for change, pulling from her work in restorative justice as a grief support facilitator, speaker, and non-profit director to found Apple of Discord Productions in 2006. Tamara has led grief groups and developed programs such as the Wisdom Project and San Quentin Media Project which train at-risk youth and incarcerated men in filmmaking as a tool for processing trauma.Tamara speaks on prison issues and human rights at agencies, universities, and organizations such as Equal Justice Society, USF Law, and Stanford Law. She also served as media keynote for the Houston Institute’s Conference on Race and Inclusion. Tamara’s 2013 TEDx talk, ‘Life After: Embracing our Common Humanity’ explores her experience as a crime survivor. Life After Life began in her yoga class in San Quentin State Prison when the men asked her to tell their story. Life After Life received the Media for a Just Society Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and is selected for several film festivals including Green Mountain, (In)Justice for All, Justice on Trials, New Haven, Oakland International, and Vermont International.
Maria Judice – Impact Producer is a visual storyteller. Through the visual, social, and mobile landscape she crafts spaces to support authentic voices in media as an IMPACT PRODUCER at INDIGO IMPACT.
Noel Valdivia, Sr., Restorative Justice Activist and Film Participant left the San Quentin mainline on July 8, 2010 after thirty years in prison. Upon release he worked with Keith Wattley’s UnCommon Law, along with other attorneys in the Bay Area primarily writing Habeas Corpus writs. Noel and his wife, Deidre Hill-Valdivia, have also started to work in their church, and in the process of starting Project RESET (Reaching Encouraging Souls Encountering Trouble).
Harrison Seuga, Restorative Justice Activist and Film Participant was born in Samoa and grew up in Hawaii. At the age of 17 he was tried as an adult and sentenced to 17 years to life in California State Prison. After, he enrolled at San Francisco State University through Project Rebound majoring in Sociology. He currently serves as Asian Prisoner Support Committee's (ASPC) Reentry Director.
Deidre Hill-Valdivia, Ed.D, Film Participant is a High School Counselor/Social Worker for Castro Valley High School. For the past 15 years, she has served urban and rural youth in the various capacities as truancy case manager, juvenile probation counselor, college advisor, therapeutic milieu therapist and residential counselor. Dr. Hill-Valdivia completed her AA. degree from San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, and earned her BA in Communication Studies and MA & PPSC from the University of San Francisco. In 2015, she earned her Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology. Her research interests include spiritual coping and expanding trauma-focused interventions to include prayer.
Ann Hess, Web Design and Development
Kendall Cecchettini & Angelica Guiao, Social Media, Engagement and Outreach Interns
Apple of Discord Productions is a production company focused on creating restorative justice based media, programs, and tools for healing, empowerment and POV shift rooted in storytelling by those with lived experience.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest risks and challenges are related to not reaching as many youth and community members as want and need our film and programs. With your help we can continue to build this community of healing. With the support of interested and caring folks like you we have already reached over 10,000 youth and community member in person in at least 15 states. This engagement was made possible both through funding and of course the incredible partnerships that support access.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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