1/08/2017

Heshima was featured as December Artist of the month at Blue Heart!

Heshima was the featured artist for the month of December at the Blue Heart Foundation. You can find the link to the short article about him here, and the interview with Heshima here.

"You're Funding Planting Justice's Vision for Vibrant Communities
December 2016
Meet the December Artists
"The election of Donald Trump is only one of the more recent examples of U.S. institutions functioning as they were designed to function. The systems of violence they manufactured, like the Prison Industrial Slave Complex, cannot be reformed, they must be transformed. This is my purpose: to understand our duties to end the oppression of man and women, by man and women. A goal I will not see in this life, but a goal I have committed my lifetime to. This is why it’s called the struggle."
Joka Heshima Jinsai is an artist, artist, and author who’s had multiple articles, initiatives, and art pieces published in progressive publications such as the San Francisco Bayview, Prison Focus, MotherJones, Turning the Tide, 4 Struggle Magazine, and others. He is currently serving as Executive Director of the Amend the 13th: Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika-Movement. He is also co-founder of the State Raised Foundation and Co-author of the Ten Objectives for Social Progress and Transformation. He has designed a program for the Sustainable Agricultural Commune and Youth Committee Action Program.
In prison since 1993, he spent 18 years and 8 months in solitary confinement. He has been a tireless advocate for black self-determination; revolutionary concepts of socialism; community development; prisoners' human rights; social equality; and abolition of indefinite solitary confinement, mass incarceration, and legal slavery in America."

Detail of drawing The Fruits of Liberation, by Heshima Denham
Detail of drawing The Fruits of Liberation, by Heshima Denham, ©Blue Heart Foundation 2016