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Captive. Source: Todd Tarselli

"Captive." Source: Todd Tarselli

A growing coalition of criminal justice reform activists are fighting for change and they’re doing it through music, theatre, and audience participation. The group is called a Thousand Kites. It’s a nationwide project that enables the families of prisoners to educate the public about problems within the criminal justice system, one community at a time.

Thousand Kites is a project of the Appalachian based media-arts center Appalshop. Visit to find out how you can use Thousand Kites in your community.


Thousand Kites participants and organizers including Elsie Grey.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Interns: Elena Botkin-Levy and Aubrey Green
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

For more information:

Thousand Kites and Appalshop, Inc. – Whitesburg, KY

Additional information:

Critical Resistance – National Office – Oakland, CA

All of Us or None – San Francisco, CA

Families Against Mandatory Minimums – Washington, DC

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children – New Orleans, LA

Justice Now – Oakland, CA


The 1000 Kites Summit: A Community Arts Focus Group

Listen to the Thousand Kites 24-hour webcast

Author: Radio Project

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