Today we re-air The Dayroom Club by Patty Prewitt, a play that gives you a look into the day-to-day routine at the Women’s Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia, MO. The play also gives us a lesson in the humanity of those that are incarcerated. Although their lives are regulated 24 hours a day, these women still try to find a way to be a part of the important events, sorrowful and joyful occasions of their family and loved ones on the outside. It is, in part, being deprived of that involvement that brings them together as a family behind bars – their bonds of love and friendship built over time.
The Dayroom Club is a production of Prison Performing Arts out of St Louis. Christopher Limber, the Artistic Director of Prison Performing Arts from St Louis, will give us a current update on the status of Patty Prewitt and the Prison Performing Arts Program. You can find out more information about them here: http://prisonartsstl.org/
JoJR premiered the play on radio in November of 2018, a two hour broadcast that included interviews with Patty, Christopher Limber of PPA and Katie Leemon the prisoner that created the recording of the play. You can hear those interviews on the original podcast at – http://kkfi.org/program-episodes/dayroom-club-patty-prewitt-broadcast-premiere-award-winning-play/
Patty has consistently maintained her innocence for 30 years + and the courts have ignored the violations of her rights and false testimony in her trial. There are links below to information on her case and you can also listen to the podcast of Count Time, The Life and Times Of Patty Prewitt, a solo performance by Elizabeth Ann Townsend at http://kkfi.org/program-episodes/count-time-the-life-and-times-of-patricia-prewitt/
You can contact Governor Parsons asking for him to grant Patty Clemency. Listen to Patty’s Letter to Governor Parsons – https://youtu.be/fUf3sDiXsYc
Office of Governor Michael L. Parson
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222
Fax: (573) 751-1495
Email contact page – https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us
Calendar for the week of January 4th:
In compliance with the latest version of Mayor Lucas’s emergency order, certain business activities may resume while ensuring necessary public health measures remain in place. See the FAQS at kcmo.gov.
- 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. There has been a 500% increase in a year of homeowners who were 90 days or more past due on their mortgages. 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.
- MONday Meets: 4 PM, Jan. 4th, Online event. The Willow Domestic Violence Center invites you to a Facebook Live event to meet and talk.
- MON, Jan 4th 6:45 – 8:45 PM, KC Criminal Justice Task Force meeting is via conference call. If you like to join in, you can call 605-313-5573 and provide #454777 when asked for the code.
- TUES, Jan. 5th 7 PM Criminal Justice Position Update Revision is an online event hosted by the League of Women Voters of Kansas, a state-wide virtual meeting. To receive the Zoom link, please contact your local League president or send them a message on Facebook.
- TUES, Jan. 5th, 6:30 PM, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty monthly virtual meeting, for access info contact [email protected].
- TUES, Jan. 5th, 7:00 PM MO Statewide Virtual Legislative Kickoff. Go to https://momsdemandaction.org/events/ for access info.
- The KC Area wide Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide plans to resume their monthly meeting FRI, Jan. 8th, beginning at 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 2552 Gillham Road, KCMO. POMC meets to provide assistance through ongoing emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy and awareness to all survivors of homicide victims. If you would like to be added to our mailing list or be contacted, leave your information at [email protected]
- Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters will have their monthly meeting SAT, 9th from noon to 2 PM at the Plexpod Westport Commons, centrally located on busline, easy to find at 300 E. 39th St KCMO (Annex A) meeting room with convenient parking and much more. If you have a loved one that is incarcerated and need advice and support, MISD has members that may be able to help.
- A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com. It is updated daily.
Please take care of yourselves and others. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well! The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for health care reforms that promote universal access to affordable care.