1. ICED: I Can End Deportation :: Machinima of Game (excerpt)


    from Heidi Boisvert / Added

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    Designed to spark dialogue and create awareness of unfair U.S. immigration policies, ICED - I Can End Deportation (a play on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department), is a free, 3D downloadable game (available at www.icedgame.com). It teaches players about current immigration laws on detention and deportation that affect legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, students and undocumented people by violating human rights and denying due process. Game players can choose one of five characters to inhabit and live out the day-to-day life of an immigrant youth. The youths are being chased by immigration officers, while making moral decisions and answering myth and fact questions about current immigration policies. If the player chooses or answers incorrectly, he/she increases his/her chances of being thrown into detention. Once in detention, the player endures both physical separation from his/her family and unjust conditions while awaiting — often for unknown amounts of time — the random outcome of his/her case. The game was developed for Breakthrough, an international human rights organization.

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    • Detention: Entice


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      The Noise Academy and Racket Magazine have Detention with upcoming rockstars: ENTICE. www.thenoiseacademy.com www.racketmag.com www.myspace.com/enticetheband

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      • A Transgender Detainee Speaks Out


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        Courage comes in many different forms. For Esmeralda, a transgender asylum seeker from Mexico, who faced horrific circumstances in immigration detention, it came in the form of seeking justice. Kept in a segregated cell with other transgender detainees, Esmeralda never realized that her experience in detention would match the trauma of discrimination she had faced back home. But her story is also one of hope in its desire to create change. Take action now at www.restorefairness.org. www.breakthrough.tv

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        • Sean Gabb on Detention without Trial, 25th July 2007


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            BIGHOUSE MACBETH By Robert Sabo “If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not.” --Banquo Macbeth Act 1, Scene 3 They’ve been sent up the river. To Sing Sing – a place that has been known to break even the hardest of criminals. Now, on the edge of the prison stage, just inches from the waiting lights, hidden behind the curtain, moments before the show is to begin, a different kind of breaking is happening. When one prisoner puts his hand on the shoulder of another and simply whispers, "Break a leg." Rehabilitation Through The Arts, a program founded in 1996 by volunteer Katherine Vockins at Sing Sing Maximum Security Correctional Facility in Ossining, NY presented its 22nd production – Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The play was performed by RTA prisoner-participants with a handful of RTA volunteers to play the female roles. The production lasted three nights - two for the prison population and one for invited community guests. For those unfamiliar, Macbeth is a Shakespearian tragedy that offers a vivid, honest and clear examination of the dismal effects of boundless ambition. Without restraint, the lust for ambition that unleashes Macbeth to take possession of the throne is also the root of his eventual demise. There were reservations at first with putting on a production of Macbeth. When murderers play murderers, there often is. “The play is dark, black and tragic and there was a concern that it could stir up emotions,” said RTA Founder Katherine Vockins. “When we choose a play, we want to be sure there is a message,” said Vockins. “If there are crimes or bad decisions in a play, there should be consequences.” In real life, she added, “If you do something wrong and bad, you can’t get away with it. There are consequences.” “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red.” --Macbeth Macbeth Act 2, Scene 2 According to Vockins, this privately funded program was created to help fill the gap left after all publicly funded higher education and enrichment programs were withdrawn from the New York State Prison system. “We’re not a drama therapy program,” Vockins adds. She says her program has four functions. “We are breaking down racial stereotypes, nurturing creativity in every human, providing a positive message to the prison population and raising awareness among society about the humanity behind prison walls.” Vockins recounts a moment when former Superintendent Brian Fischer was recognized by the cast and crew of RTA before a performance. In front of an audience of community guests, “he said, ‘What you're going to see tonight is entertainment. What I see tonight is rehabilitation. These are not the same men who came to prison. When they leave, they are real men.’” “The instruments of darkness tell us truths,” --Banquo Macbeth Act 1, Scene 3 While others can’t wait to get out of Sing Sing, Peter Barbieri Jr. has been trying to get in. He is the play’s director, an admitted Shakespeare junky and a volunteer with RTA for nine years. The germination of Macbeth at Sing Sing began more than a year ago when Barbieri taught a seven-week Shakespeare workshop. On the afternoon following the performance to a house audience filled with A-Block prisoners, Barbieri says the most rewarding part of his RTA work is performing before the prison population. “Last night is what it’s all about.” “There’s a point in the play where the audience is sucked into the story and it happened early on.” RTA’s goal is to use theater arts to offer prisoners a safe and supportive structure in which to build skills, to develop leadership, community, and respect for self and for others, and to recognize a sense of achievement. In the often brutalizing and harsh prison environment, these are precious and rare attributes. It appears to be working. A formal report by John Jay College for Criminal Justice and found that participants in the program had a significantly higher level of positive coping skills and anger management skills. Prisoner Brian “Spider” LaBrosse puts it more clearly, “RTA has saved my life!” Adding that if it weren’t for RTA, “I would be out in the yard being a bonehead a(--)hole instead of being here with these good brothers.” The program runs year round with two performances per year. In the beginning of the production schedule, the RTA group meets twice per week for two hours. As they close in on show time, the pace is ramped up a bit and the final two weeks before production usually has everyone meeting everyday, all day. “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me.” --Macbeth Macbeth Act 1, Scene 3 The lead role is played by Dario Pena. Pena didn’t necessarily want to be Macbeth. When auditions were held, Pena said, “I just wanted to participate.” But once he was selected as Macbeth and had an opportunity to examine the role, Pena said, “The character just jumped out at me! I could identify.” Pena, who is serving time for murder, said, “I saw a lot of myself in the character.” “He confronts everything he fears,” Pena said. “His actions brought about those consequences.” “He (Macbeth) showed people not to allow your ambitions to overwhelm your reason.” “Participation in the process of putting on plays has taught me so much about myself and the universality of the human condition.” Pena said. “I’ve come to understand how the process is much more important than the actual performance. The performance is the payoff; the process is what brings about the growth and development of the individual and the community.” In the play, Pena as Macbeth kills his closest friend Banquo and is haunted by what he perceives to be his ghost. Banquo is played by Clarence Maclin. Onstage, the men become foes, but offstage they are part of a handful of closely knit men who make up the RTA steering committee. The steering committee oversees the entire, within-the-prison production of the play including finding, teaching and nurturing new members. Maclin said, “We teach life skills here. We’re not making actors. We’re building life skills that you can take over the wall.” For Maclin, his work in RTA is very personal. “When I act out someone else’s experiences I touch on their emotions, I’ve become connected to another human, another family and another community,” he said. “Because of RTA, I can proudly show people in my life that I am truly ready to be the father, husband, son, brother and example they can count on. Because of RTA, words like love, trust, commitment and dedication are not flat and meaningless.” A deafening bark is heard. “LISTEN UP! LISTEN UP!” Correction Officer Gerald Knowlden shouts into the Sing Sing Chapel where the play is being rehearsed and performed. Knowland is a kind and jolly guard with large broad shoulders each wielding an arm beefier than an ordinary man’s thigh. His muscular build is matched by his commanding voice and his announcement is followed by stiffening silence. He signature yelp is followed by his announcement that a count is to commence and the prisoners are to line up in order display their identifications. “This is prison!” Maclin exclaims.” They’re always interrupting the thought process.” “Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell; Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace, Yet grace must still look so.” --Malcolm Macbeth Act 4, Scene 3 “You can choose your rebellion but you can’t choose your consequences,” said David Allweiss. “That is what Macbeth is about. This is why I wanted to do Macbeth.” Allweiss and two other inmates played the parts of the three witches. Instead of feminizing the roles with hair and make-up, Allweiss and his co-actors stood behind a thin faux wall made of spandex and thrust their faces and hands through the spandex to bring their characters to life. The scenes were mesmerizing and each usually ended with an outburst of applause. “Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.” --Macbeth Macbeth Act 1, Scene 3 Sing Sing is a maximum security prison and while the RTA program can be an oasis of sorts – these men are still doing hard time. Time in prison isn’t measured on a clock or in a calendar but by many calendars, many seasons, many years. Time is the currency that many of these men are running short of. In Allweiss’s case, the last time he was a free man, Richard Nixon was president, Elvis was still alive and disco music was just beginning to fill the airwaves. “I’ve been in here longer than most of these guys have been alive,” he said. Allweiss has spent more than 36 years behind bars but that may change soon. With a sparkle of hope in his eyes, he confessed, “I go to the board in another two months.” “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” --Macbeth Macbeth Act 5, Scene 5 In the final minutes before the final performance, the cast and crew gather together in a small room below the wings of stage right. Veteran actor and prisoner Jermaine “Panama” Archer speaks to the cast and crew. After discussing the details of the show, he directs his attention to the rookie actors in the production. “Savor this moment!” he pleads. “Savor every moment! It will be one of the highlights of your incarcerations – and we all know how rare those are!” A circle is formed. The only indication that it is still day outside comes from a shaft of light that beams through the steel bars of a window nearby. The actors catch their breath and try to shake their nerves. They rest for a moment of silence and then close the circle joining hands like the spokes of a pinwheel. Before breaking with a cheer, Peter Barbieri Jr. readies his actors, readies his crew. Remember he said, “Tell the truth, tell the story and be kind to one another.”

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            • Street Poets


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              With the motto of "One Street, One Heartbeat, One Love," LA-based Street Poets teaches young people how to develop their poetic voice and share their feelings about life on the street, in schools, and in juvenile detention facilities. By giving them an artistic outlet for expression, Street Poets empowers Los Angeles County youth to transcend self-destructive lifestyles and creatively transform both lives and communities. explore™ (http://explore.org) is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing the selfless acts of others. Distributed by Tubemogul.

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              • Counter Terror with Justice


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                Assumed guilt. Arbitrary detention. Cruel and inhumane treatment. When did torture become part of the American way? Watch this important video now and join us in demanding justice.. http://www.amnestyusa.org/counter-terror-with-justice/page.do?id=1011329

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                • Lateline 28 October 2008


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                  Lawyer and refugee advocate Jessie Taylor - who yesterday described the poor conditions in Indonesian detention centres - has now revealed the centres may house hundreds of unaccompanied minors. Steve Cannane reports.

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                  • Lateline 27 October 2009 - Conditions in Indonesian Detention Centres


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                    Steve Cannane reports: New evidence has emerged of the condition's many asylum seekers endure in Indonesian detention. Melbourne lawyer and refugee advocate Jessie Taylor, who documented conditions across the country, says Australia's policy must change.

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                    • Elizabeth Ruiz


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                      Elizabeth Ruiz talks about her experience as an immigrant and former detainee at the Tacoma Detention Center

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