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Boston College Student Responses after seeing the performance of ASWR on 4/13/11:
“After seeing this show I think that everyone just wants to feel accepted by their family and it shows that we do still need the support of loved ones.”
“I related to the show because I’ve had a family member who went through the same thing of drug addiction and doing prison time. It was my brother who experienced this and when he got out of prison the addiction took over again and he passed away from an overdose.”
“From seeing Natalie’s performance I can relate to the village and what she’s talking about. We all need to watch out for for one another, an d protect our children. I commend you on your struggle and keep up the good work. Thank you all for sharing your stories.”
“I didn’t know what to expect but I could see that each person brought something different to the table for us to think about..”
“What transfers was so resonate and is the phoenix of your experiences in helping us to understand and to teach us what we may never know or may never experience for ourselves. Thank you!”
“I really appreciate the stories that have been told here tonight. I have some friends that are going through the same things at the moment.”
G.Hall, Founding Member
ASWR Asst. Director
“Pain is trivial except insofar as [we] can use it to connect with other people’s pain and insofar as [we] can do that with [our] pain, [we] can be released from it, and then hopefully it works the other way around too; insofar as I can tell you what it is to suffer, perhaps I can help you suffer less.”
James Baldwin, 1963
I have lived that pain, and perfoming with ASWR is a way to share my experience, strength, and hope.
AND STILL WE RISE on BNN TV. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department cable show, Common Ground. See air times below:
Monday, December 26th – 2-3pm
Thursday, December 29th – 1:30-2:30 pm
Friday, December 30th 8-9pm
Sunday, January 1st 6:30-7:30pm
I am a mother of four sons my sons have been in and out of the Juvenal hall and prison system all there life’s, I as a parent had to do time with them, at one point i felt so all alone, and shame. It was up in my head in my heart why me, why me I always felt much pain and hurt i found it had to hold my head up. Holidays and celebrations where always so hard for me, watching other family’s and there son’s being together laughing and playing and smile. I became hard, always faking smiles hurting inside. But today in the present i have found a family in /And Still We Rise Criminal Justice Theater/ folks who are in the same struggle as myself. I don’t feel alone, hurt, and shame as much anymore. The pain is still in my heart because my son are still in and out of the prison system. but I’m not hurting as much anymore.. I have found a family
This post is in response to your prior posting.
Initially, people always feel that they are the only ones with certain pain. You are not alone in how you have felt regarding you internalizing the behavior of others. We mothers are inclined to feel guilty from our children’s negative or even criminal history.
We mom’s are not our kids. I found that association breeds assimilation. Since the inner city is crowded with such varied backgrounds, no one can ever be sure of those influencing their children. We can guide them, and pray for the best.
You are not alone my friend.
I attended the show last night at Bridgewater and am saddened that I did not get a chance to meet you. I am still feeling a number of the same emotions from when I left last night. Simply put, the show was riveting and I just wanted to commend you as well as each and everyone of those amazing women. The passion and inspiration just flowed out into the audience members and I am blessed to have been able to attend last night. Please give my thank you’s to all those amazing young ladies that performed last night. I took away something from each of them and will forever be grateful for seeing you all perform. It is an amazing way to spread such inspiring messages so please keep doing what your doing.
I just wanted to take a moment and tell you that it was a pleasure to meet you all and I’m so grateful that I had the added bonus of eating dinner with you. Your performance was amazing and so touching. It gave me a lot to think about. Each of yours strength in telling your story gives me hope that maybe myself & my loved ones can get there too.
If there is anything I can do to support, if you need a volunteer at any time please let me know.
Thank you so much.
I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I met you at the NADTA conference in White Planes. Vanity just recently contacted me and I was very happy to hear from her. Im hoping you’re all doing well and rehearsals and performance are going great. Thanks for giving me a wonderful experiences and letting me be a part of your group. You are all such wonderful and welcoming people 🙂 I feel so honoured to have been able to witness and be a part of each and every one of your stories and lives. You are truly inspiring!
I hope we will meet again soon!