March 2015

Purchase Your Tickets to See Michael’s Daughter at ACT

You’re In For An Experience

A Family Story, A Woman’s Journey

Since 2011, Ciera Payton has been performing her one-woman show Michael’s Daughter, giving voice to children of incarcerated parents. Through laughter and tears this show is a powerful story that one does not want to miss!

It’s been 7 years, and Ciera’s father, Michael has recently been released from prison and will be there to witness Michael’s Daughter live. Both Ciera and Michael will be on board to discuss what his process has been like during a Q&A at the last performance.

Please spread the word to your Bay Area friends and family! And be sure to join the American Conservatory Theater in welcoming Michael’s Daughter on stage!

See you soon!




LOS ANGELES, CA-February 27, 2015-Ciera Payton is a New Orleans Native with an authentic Southern girl charm.  She was raised in multiple neighborhoods in New Orleans but she most identifies with the third ward. There, she lived with her drug addict father and Nanaw (Grandmother). It was under those circumstances that Ciera had to find a way to create her voice.When her Aunt Kathy advised her to read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ciera discovered that, “If Maya got through it I could get through it too.” And that’s where she discovered her artistic voice.

9 surprising industries getting filthy rich from mass incarceration

9 surprising industries getting filthy rich from mass incarceration
Private prison companies aren’t the only ones benefiting from America’s prison-industrial complex

Topics: AlterNet, Prison Industrial Complex, mass incarceration, Capitalism, Business, America,

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This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

It’s no coincidence that the United States now imprisons more of its people than any other country in the world: mass incarceration has become a giant industry in the U.S., resulting in huge profits not only for private prison companies, but also, for everything from food companies and telecoms to all the businesses that are using prison labor to cut their manufacturing costs. The prison-industrial complex even has its own lobbyists: according to a 2011 report from the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), the U.S.’ largest private prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), and their competitor the GEO Group have both spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying forlonger prison sentences. And the American Bail Coalition has been lobbying for the bail bond industry for 23 years.