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Sunday, May 21 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Music & Tech: Tools to Fight Mass Incarceration

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Join Give A Beat in a discussion around the variety of ways music and technology are being utilized to address, avoid, fight, and recover from the devastating impact of mass incarceration. The U.S. is the world leader in locking up people for minor offenses, with excessive sentences, in inhumane conditions, without proper legal representation. These practices have had serious repercussions, including the disenfranchisement of people of color, and a stunning price-tag of $1 trillion a year for the US economy. This problem is so massive, that it requires a call to action in every industry and every community. Give a Beat aims to represent the dance music community’s response to mass incarceration through innovative grass-roots driven music programs.

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Kaitlyn Boecker

Kaitlyn Boecker works as a Policy Coordinator at the Drug Policy Alliance to advance drug policy reform in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Kaitlyn believes the drug war has been a devastating failure, that drug use is a public health issue not a criminal justice issue... Read More →
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Marshall Jones

Marshall Jones started in mid 1999 out of Gotham Nightclub in Chapel Hill, NC during the rave era. Gaining a vast knowledge and skills in the DJ booth, this led to him having an internship with Ovum Records and moving to Orlando to attend college at Full Sail University. During college... Read More →
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Monte McCoin

Monte McCoin joined Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) in 2010 as a part-time proofreading and copy assistant in support of the print edition of Prison Legal News. She now serves as HRDC’s social media director, which includes social media management, e-newsletter editing and production... Read More →
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Phi Unit

Phi Pham is executive director and co-founder of Building Beats, a non-profit organization that develops and expands DJ and music programs that teach entrepreneurial, leadership, and life skills. He has 15 years of experience as a DJ and music producer. Building Beats has worked with... Read More →
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Rob Wall

Rob Wall is the executive director of the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities, NCCRED, a diverse group of criminal justice leaders working collaboratively to identify, document and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in NC's criminal justice system. Prior to... Read More →
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The Foreign Exchange Band: Phonte & Nicolay

Representative of how the Internet can aid in creating music, the Foreign Exchange started when Little Brother rapper Phonte heard a beat on Okayplayer.com by Dutch producer Nicolay and asked if he could lay some vocals over it. Nicolay agreed, and the song "Light It Up" appeared... Read More →

Sunday May 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
American Underground Bullpen