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A Los Angeles Nonprofit Is Supporting Prison Abolition Through a Community Ceramics Practice

Posted On: Mar 3, 2021   |   Posted By: Colossal

A Los Angeles Nonprofit Is Supporting Prison Abolition Through a Community Ceramics Practice

All images courtesy of People's Pottery Project, shared with permission
People's Pottery Project has a simple mission: “to empower formerly incarcerated women, trans, and nonbinary individuals and their communities through the arts.” The value of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit, though, reaches far beyond the ceramics studio where its members carefully sculpt and glaze dinnerware to sell from its warehouse.
At the heart of PPP is mutual aid, a form of community support and solidarity that rapidly expanded at the onset of the pandemic but that has a rich history in political movements. The initiative is multi-faceted-it currently employs three people full-time and two part-time, and formerly incarcerated folks can drop in to help in the production process and be paid for their contributions. Depending on COVID-19 guidance and the ability to meet in-person, PPP also hosts community classes. As restrictions lift in the coming months, the organization plans to expand these offerings as it strives to...

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