Starting at 8 p.m. EDT, the show will feature sets from Anjimile, Will Dailey, Ripe, Brandie Blaze (pictured above), Hawthorn, and Chadwick Stokes as they perform live from ONCE Somerville. The benefit is free to view via Calling All Crows’ Facebook page, but donations are encouraged.
Unlocked Voices, which is organized by Calling All Crows, debuted in Nashville last month in an effort to bring more attention to mass incarceration in America, particularly as COVID-19 continues to spread in prisons. To date, almost 160,000 incarcerated people and prison staff members have contracted COVID-19.
“Our most urgent work involves housing support and court support for LGBTQI/LWHIV people,” state representatives from Black & Pink Boston. “Due to COVID-19 there is more demand than ever for housing support for formerly incarcerated and court involved Queer & HiV+ people. Black & Pink Boston has been able to support six people, thus far, in paying their first month’s rent, and we are committed to supporting more of our siblings when we have funds to do so. Court support is the practice of just being with someone through the terrible and dehumanizing experience that is a court appearance. It’s also a chance to connect members to a network of other LGBTQI/LWHIV people who get what they’re going through as they navigate the violence of the court system, and to help assess other help they may need.”