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Join Motus Theater for a special JustUs performance, Stories from Boundless Truth: Women’s Stories of Freedom and Incarceration – Saturday, October 22nd, at 7:00 pm at The Arts HUB in Lafayette. Click here for tickets.
In today’s newsletter, we feature the three Black women leaders who will present their stories about their experiences of racism and injustice perpetrated by the criminal legal system.
Brenda Cisse is the Founder and Executive Director of Mary Magdalene Refuge Center for Women. She uses her own experiences of re-entry, childhood sex trauma, human trafficking/sex industry, and drug addiction of 25+ years to support women with these experiences. In her Boundless Truth monologue, Brenda asks important questions about accountability: Whose crimes count and whose do not? Whose lives count as being important and whose do not? What kind of costs and expenses are counted as legitimate? And when will the Department of Corrections take accountability for its own crimes?
Terri House has dedicated her life and career to helping others overcome barriers and expand their access through education, advocacy, and engagement. With an MA in Nonprofit Management, she currently serves as the Wrap Around Service Director with Launch Network. In her Boundless Truth monologue, Terri recounts the experience of going through a job interview knowing that the background check would reveal her criminal record. How far back should she go to help HR understand her personal history? The 13th Amendment, or earlier?
Cynthia Randall is an extraordinary family advocate, a champion for social justice, and a community connector with over 19 years of experience in restorative justice facilitation, human services, and program development. Cynthia’s Boundless Truth monologue, about being denied making a phone call from jail to protect a child, is a call for greater humanity in the criminal legal system, and a reflection on the mental health challenges facing not only inmates but also officers of the law.
Stay tuned for next week, when we will feature Spirit of Grace, the a cappella duo who will lend their powerful voices to this performance with healing musical responses.
See you soon!
The Motus Theater Team