Le Oui sells limited edition silkscreened prints and donates a portion of their proceeds to organizations that work for social justice and equality. The company is run by May Barruel and is an offshoot of Nationale. It's a great concept: I sell this Onward print through Le Oui and it's raised a ton of money for the ACLU.
I have two new prints I'm releasing with Le Oui this week. The first is an 18" x 24" three color screenprint in an edition of 100. The second is a single color 16" x 20" screenprint in two colorways, each in an edition of 25.
We'll be donating 10% of the proceeds from these prints to Family Preservation Project. FPP is a program that does a lot of important work with incarcerated moms. It's based out of the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, near my house, and I volunteer there sometimes. I can't overstate how inspired I am by FPP: by its mission, by the moms and the kids who are a part of it, by the women who run it, by the FPP alumni who advocate for the program once they're out of prison. FPP does so many things but, maybe most importantly, it helps incarcerated moms maintain relationships with their kids. It didn't occur to me before I started volunteering there that mothers are not guaranteed contact with their kids when they go to prison and vise versa. On the contrary, a lot of mothers lose touch with their children the moment they get arrested. Sometimes they don't know where their kids have ended up in the wake of an arrest and have no recourse to find out. And this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the myriad ways that prison serves to tear mothers and their children apart.
Fortunately, Family Preservation Project together with Oregon State Senator, Michael Dembrow introduced a Bill of Rights for the children of imprisoned parents that was recently signed into law by Oregon governor Kate Brown. It's a huge deal! The first law of its kind in the country! I urge you to read more about it and to support the concept fiercely in your own state. It ensures the right of a child to maintain a relationship with an incarcerated parent and addresses a lot of other issues that are the source of hardship including support, mental health, decision-making, etc.
All of this to say, please support Family Preservation Project! In addition to creating this Bill of Rights, and keeping imprisoned moms in touch with their kids, the support, services, and community they provide for program participants and their families is critical. And it works: the recidivism rate for FPP alumni is pretty much nil. Yet they're always at risk of losing their funding. Don't let it happen! And check out Mothering Inside, a great documentary by Brian Lindstrom that profiles FPP, to learn more.