Our Impact Thus Far: SawariMedia's advocacy work is focused on preserving democracy for the most marginalized, dehumanized and disenfranchised people in the US: citizens incarcerated in federal prisons, state prisons, jails and detention facilities across the country.
SawariMedia has been publishing prisoner newsletters featuring prisoner authored content and developing prisoner engaging programming since 2016. SawariMedia's current Right2Vote Report publishing more than 100 articles and poetry authored by people in prison across hundreds of prisons in 33 states. The focus of our print media is engaging populations disenfranchised by mass incarceration with state and federal legislation as well as with a larger network of scholars and advocates.
SawariMedia's past prisoner newsletter distributions include NoShackles ( Fall 2016 – Fall 2017), Solid Black Fist (Summer 2018 – Fall 2018), and Motivate Michigan ( Fall 2019 – Fall 2020) Programs that SawariMedia has participated in developing and/or facilitating include distributing Corona CarePak funds, creating pathways for EIP Access, production of Seeing Through the Bars documentary video series as well as creating space for people in prison to document and share their experiences as testimonials for legislative change.
We believe it's essential that legislators are aware of the dilapidated conditions of those facilities within their jurisdiction and do everything in our power to advocate on behalf of people in prison.
What Your Contribution Will Support A national print community and media network humanizing the experiences of and encouraging civically engaged incarcerated citizens, distributed in print and digitally at no cost to themselves or the facility with practical guidance on reentry centering the voices of impacted citizens themselves.
Your dollars will help us to
- Increase the number of facilities in new states in contact with SawariMedia
- Increase the number of publications being sent to incarcerated subscribers to SawariMedia at no cost to them
- Increase the amount of prisoner produced content (articles and poetry transcribed) published and circulated by SawariMedia to wider audiences
- Allow for the digitization of more prisoner produced artwork (pencil drawings, paintings, pen sketches, etc.)
- Allow for SawariMedia to provide more stipends to incarcerated contributors providing submissions of articles and artwork for publication
- Allow for the development of more prisoner support and civic engagement programs
- Enable more incarcerated men and women to have their narratives shared with larger networks
- Extend SawariMedia's capacity to correspond with more incarcerated men and women with resources, reentry support and referral service contacts
We're grateful for your consideration and support!
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July 25, 2023
Since the beginning of the Summer SawariMedia has been working with Yale's Summer Bulldogs Internship for another year in order to continue to develop our newsletter archive. Last year we were able to identify over a hundred submissions to preview as well as find new ways to illustrate our impact in time for Black August. This year we're taking those submissions and more to consolidate even more pieces of artwork, poetry, oped articles and exposes to help incarcerated contributors share with even more audiences.