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CALLS FROM HOME Archive 2009

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Help us organize the 10th annual Calls from Home radio program for
prisoners and their families.  Get involved with using the power of
radio to connect families and to speak to those behind bars of our
nation's prisons.

Call 877-518-0606 to add your voice to the program.
Call anytime, 24/7 to leave your message.  The call is toll-free and
don't worry if you mess up, we'll edit it if need be.  

Listen to a sample of Calls from Home  


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Read a summary of last years campaign. 

Want to help get Calls From Home heard all over the country?

• Host a community meeting or, if you can, play it for a group of
prisoners using the CALLS FROM HOME short program and facilitation

• Download a copy of CALLS FROM HOME for your local community radio station and suggest that they broadcast the program.

• Blog about CALLS FROM HOME. Embed the audio, banners, and text from this page. Write a short commentary.

• Join our Facebook Group and follow updates at our Thousand Kites Twitter .

The United States has 2.4 million people behind bars. Thousand Kites
wants you to lend your support to a powerful grassroots radio and
community project that reaches into our nation's prisons and lets those
inside know they are not forgotten.

Thousand Kites is excited to offer community radio stations and
individuals the 10th annual national radio program Calls from Home. Now in its 10th year, the
program features phone calls from mothers and children, brothers and
grandparents, sharing the intimate power of families speaking directly
to their incarcerated loved ones.

Poets and musicians read and sing
across phone lines and prison walls. Calls from Home, produced in the
coalfields of central Appalachia, reaches a national network of
prisoners, their loved ones and public listeners through community
radio in an effort to educate the public about the criminal justice
system. Started in 1998 by artists at Appalshop, the program was first
a local response to the growing prison industry in their rural


Thousand Kites needs your support in spreading the word. You can help out by playing the program to your community group, church or even inside a prison and then hosting a discussion about the program. This is a simple way to start a discussion in your community.

Right-click this link to download a ten-minute Calls from Home for community use

pdf Calls From Home Facilitation Guide click to download 60.52 Kb

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