Christopher Limber, Artistic Dir of Prison Performing Arts on Building Second Acts Through the Arts; Kristin Colangelo of National Union of the Homeless Talks of Myths of Homelessness

For our show on April 12, 2021, host Bev Livingston, Founder of MISD, will speak with Christopher Limber, Artistic Director of Prison Performing Arts (PPA), which, for over two decades has helped prisoners, returning citizens, and justice-involved youth build second acts through engagement with the arts. PPA is a multi-discipline, literacy and performing arts program dedicated to enriching the lives of youth and adults in Missouri’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. Participants learn creative and constructive ways to express emotions, build trust, and work in collaboration with one another. Their programs can improve literacy and communication skills, instill responsibility to self and others, and promote non-violent expression of emotion.

We will air our calendar at the middle of the hour and then replay our 1-11 interview with Kristin Colangelo, the National Secretary and one of the regional organizers of the National Union of the Homeless.   Kristin talks about their efforts to educate the public on myths of homelessness.  There are myriad reasons people find themselves without a home and few have anything to do with insincerity or malingering.  Once they are homeless, the struggle to survive consumes people to the point they can get trapped in homelessness.  Kristin will help us understand that the homeless are not “those people”, they are us.

Please tune in. We hope you will listen.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

Calendar for the week of April 12th:

In compliance with the latest version of Mayor Lucas’ emergency order, certain business activities may resume while ensuring necessary public health measures remain in place.  Wear a mask.  See the FAQS at

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri can provide free legal assistance to Jackson County homeowners in pursuing forbearance, mortgage/loan modifications, Chapter 13 bankruptcies, or other legal solutions. Homeowners who fall behind on their payments may face foreclosure in the near future. Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.


  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a very active group of Mothers and others. You can learn where their virtual meetings this week will occur at


  • MON, April 12th, 6:30 PM MADP Advocacy Week Kick Off with Members of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty See or on Facebook.


  • MON, April 12th, 6 PM is the More² Monthly Issues2Action MEETING. You can join, online via zoom. There will be breakout groups by issue task force for both Missouri and Kansas teams. In addition to regular issue task force breakouts, this meeting will offer a training breakout on tools and strategies for integrating voter engagement strategies within our issue work, trained by MORE2 organizer, Marcus Winn.


  • MON, April 12th, 6 PM Lawmaking in Missouri: Following the process & influencing outcomes, an online event of Heartland Alliance for Progress on Facebook. You can learn what is happening at the Missouri legislature. Co-hosted by @Indivisible KC and @Indivisible Missouri
  • WED, April 14th, 6 PM Beyond Visibility: MO Trans & Queer Legislation is an Online Event by ACLU of Missouri and Jay-Marie Hill. See on Facebook. At this virtual event, you’ll hear from local and statewide advocates as well as learn what you can do to push for change beyond queer and trans visibility.


  • FRI, April 16th, 11 AM is Empower MO’s Smart Sentencing Coalition Call An online event you can join to discuss top criminal justice priorities in the state & local regions. Access info at


  • SUN, April 18th, 2 PM through April 24th at 5 PM, National Crime Victims Rights Week is a no cost, online Event by Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice.


  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines specific to sheltering are available at It is updated daily.

Stay safe. Practice physical distancing. Wear a mask. Please take care of yourself and others.  Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!   A crisis on the scale of the pandemic can reorder society in dramatic ways, for better or worse.  All of society pays a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of health care that works for all of us.

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