As many of you know, our latest record We the Common is greatly inspired by my time with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. My first meeting with Valerie Bolden was the foundation of the record’s lead single. Valerie Bolden has been incarcerated for 17 years. She is serving a life sentence without chance of parole as “a direct result of domestic violence.”
When I told Valerie she’d inspired a song her first reaction was: maybe people will write letters!
Indeed, many people have asked how to get in touch with Valerie- to reach out, to send words of encouragement, to learn more about her.
Ms. Bolden loves to write and is quite excited by the prospect of connecting with folks from all over.
Her information: Valerie Bolden W72963 EMB 517L California Institute for Women P.O. Box 8100 Corona, CA. 92878
Thank you for helping infuse humanity in places that would willingly deny it.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down will play the Pioneer Courthouse Square on September 7 with The Head and The Heart as part of Portland, OR’s Music Fest North West this year! Tickets go on sale Friday, 5/31 at http://musicfestnw.com/
Holy Roller was the first song written for “We The Common.” It set the tone of revival, gratitude, and humanity for the entire record. Making the video with Mimi Cave and the incredible cast and crew was a highlight and we had just as much or more fun than it looks. Note: That IS me doing the running man. No stunt dancers were employed. - Thao