Police torture victims foster community through freedom songs at Chicago Torture Justice Center


[Music] we came in to teach soprano alto tenor and we came in to teach the songs of protest but what happened was once we step through those doors they changed us immediately with their energy they changed us with their hearts the center was created out of the 2015 reparations ordinance for survivors of police torture and the center was created in order to provide therapeutic services to survivors of police torture freedom songbook workshop is a collaboration that we’ve undergone with Old Town School of Folk Music and it’s using song and word and music and sound in order to create protest anthems or protest songs the anthem is to me probably the most heart touching thing I’ve done period they started writing I came out here recorded stomps and claps took it back in and writing flowed a lot of times unfortunately we don’t recognize trauma you know we get so inundated with things and things become so common to us and so we don’t realize that a lot of people are traumatized so we were settled me in the Cook County Correctional Facility I got exonerated in 2009 I’m grateful to be exonerated and I participate with the torch assistance center because I know guys need hope and that’s what I try to give this provides us with the space of men to take the pressures of life and to let those pressures just go and relax I just think what people should be taking advantage of the services that they do offer [Music] hey if you liked that video be sure to subscribe to our ABC 7 Chicago YouTube channel

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