Welfare Poets for Kenneth Foster

The following is another music video by Welfare Poets who traveled all the way from New York to Texas in order to perform at the Rodney Reed rally last weekend. Welfare Poets are a collective of activists, educators, and artists together since 1990. Through teaching residencies and workshops, through activism around community struggles and through sharp-edged performances of music that incorporates Hip Hop, Bomba y Plena, Latin Jazz and other rhythms.

Kenneth Haramia Foster along with Tony Egbuna Ford, Randy Arroyo and the late Hasan Shakur (executed unjustly by the state of Texas on August 31st 2006) contacted the Welfare Poets in 2004 and asked for our assistance in their individual cases and with abolishing the death penalty in general. These four brothers have been movers and shakers on death row. They are all artists, writers, thinkers and organizers on behind the walls who have fought to change things not only for themselves but for everyone else who yearn for true justice. The initial contact has led to the creation of a Hip Hop CD against the death penalty “Cruel and Unusual Punishment.” The album was officially released Feb. 1st 2007, and on this past May 1st 2007, the news came down regarding Kenneth’s execution date.

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