In the first-ever live music event at Calipatria State Prison, Pusha T and John Forte performed yesterday as part of California’s statewide #SchoolsNotPrisons tour. The Sept 18 performance was the fourth stop on the historic arts and music tour advocating for more spending on education and health, including investments focused on the future success of incarcerated individuals.
"Putting an end to mass incarceration is important to me. It’s something I’ve watched destroy a generation of my peers”, said Grammy-nominated artist Pusha T.
The historic visit began with a meeting between the Warden and staff followed by a tour of Calipatria State Prison, a male-only correctional facility housing 3,841 people in Imperial County, California. The concert took place in the middle of the prison yard and was attended by hundreds of inmates and prison staff.
The 2016 #SchoolsNotPrisons concert tour is a call to action for an end to massive spending on incarceration that is standing in the way of California’s ability to invest in education, health and prevention. California state prisons incarcerate more than 128,000 people at a cost of over $11 billion a year.
The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation are providing support for the tour, in partnership with TIDAL. For the tour schedule and more information, visit http://www.schoolsnotprisons.vote