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Pusha T and John Forte Perform for Calipatria State Prison Inmates

Pusha T and John Forte made history yesterday (Sept. 18) by performing at the first-ever live music event at the Calipatria State Prison. The two artists were involved as part of California’s #SchoolsNotPrisons tour.

The #SchoolsNotPrisons tour is an effort to an end the heavy spending on mass incarceration in California. More than $11 billion is spent each year to incacerate over 128,000 people. The tour advocates for more of this money to be invested in education and health programs. It also supports local advocacy campaigns against the overuse of punishment and incarceration.

“Putting an end to mass incarceration is important to me. It’s something I’ve watched destroy a generation of my peers,” Pusha T said in a press release. “I was able to go to Calipatria and see there was still inspiration and hope in the inmates, that was motivation for me to keep fighting for this cause.”

Pusha T and John Forte went on a tour of the prison and met with the staff before performing for the inmates. The concert took place in the middle of the prison yard with hundreds of inmates and staff in attendance.

“#SchoolsNotPrisons Happy Sunday people…connected with my brothers inside today, great to see all of them hopeful and inspired,” Pusha T wrote on Instagram after the show. “‘I touch every city every hood, I love you like my blood cause I should…’ – Self.”

The #SchoolsNotPrisons Arts and Music Tour is produced by Revolve Impact with support from The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation and TIDAL. You can find out more information and view the tour schedule at their official site.

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