15 YEARS TO LIFE
THE ART OF ANTHONY PAPA
DRUG WAR ACTIVISM
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New Papa Interview on "Let Them Talk"
"Anthony Papa's work, beginning with his incredible paintings, continuing with his ground-breaking memoir, 15 to Life, and now this new offering, This Side of Freedom, is almost single-handedly documenting one of the greatest civil and human rights disruptions in our nation's history: the human destruction caused by the war on drugs policies. Papa brings us, in living color and painful authenticity, what these gross violations of human rights do to the spirit, but more, how the spirit can still soar despite mountains of adversity. His is truly a hero's journey and one we should all take with him". -- asha bandele, author of The Prisoner's Wife
Papa Helps Michael Douglas Visit His Son Cameron in Prison
Anthony Papa's 'Museum of the War on Drugs
Papa appears on The David Pakman Show
Papa on MSNBC with Obama Historic Criminal Justice Reform Bill
Papa's art featured on NETFLIX's hit show "Grace & Frankie"
Papa on Obama, Pardons and Turkeys on Democracy Now
Papa on CNN "Your Money" : Obama Administrations Announcement on Mandatory Minimums
Actor Uma Thurman narrates Anthony Papa's Drug War Story
GOVERNOR CUOMO WITH THE MOTHERS OF NY THE DISAPPEARED AT CITY HALL
GOVERNOR CUOMO WITH THE MOTHERS OF NY THE DISAPPEARED AT COUNTDOWN TO FAIRNESS PRESS CONFERENCE
GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO AT MY BOOK PARTY WHICH HE HOSTED AT THE WHITNEY
"Anthony Papa's "15 To Life" is a gripping story of justice gone wrong and an inspiring tale of personal triumph. It is a scathing indictment of the antiquated Rockefeller drug laws that have imprisoned thousands of nonviolent offenders and wasted billions of dollars of taxpayer money" -- NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo--author of Crossroads
"Tony is the human face of these inhumane laws," said Andrew Cuomo, the former federal housing secretary, now governor of NYS who has in the past been championing the drug-reform cause in New York" Alternet
Papa on Voices of America and the Global Drug War
Gov. Cuomo and Papa on Court TV Talking Rock Law Reform
Papa with Sting, Montel Williams and George Soros
Papa featured in the NY Times on Rock Reform
Papa on HBO's Oz (Oswald Penitentiary)
Papa on WPIX Close Up on Voting and Felony Disenfranchisement
A story of inspiration of the human spirit that creates a common path that anyone could follow in transcending a negative experience.
15 to Life
tells a rare adventure story: how an average married Joe, was railroaded by the subterfuge
surrounding the War on Drugs, was able to get an early release from prison
through his art and become a major activist against the draconian drug laws that
took his life way. Offered
a chance to make a quick $500, Anthony Papa agreed to deliver an envelope in a
fated police sting operation. His first and only criminal offense cost Papa a
15-year sentence to Sing-Sing, New York State’s maximum-security prison. Suicide
was contemplated when Tony Papa realized that the best years of his life would
be spent in a six-foot cell. One day he discovered painting. It gave him hope,
and he discovered a talent. When the Whitney Museum chose his painting to
exhibit, he had to lie because of the
jarring stipulation that the painting chosen would have to be that of a
murderer. He did and soon afterward he received intense media attention. Governor Pataki got wind
of his case, and after 12 hard years of time, Anthony Papa was granted clemency.
Once released Papa spends his life trying to save those left behind.
15 to Life is more than a dramatic story of one mans
struggle to survive and change the system — it is also an
important sociological piece and a call for reform of the destructive laws of the
War on Drugs.
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"Anthony Papa's "15 To Life" tells of a heroic escape from a brutal system by a man who refused to give up. A thrilling, unforgettable read! -- Tim Robbins
"Anthony Papa has written a riveting account of how he courageously painted his way to freedom from prison after unnecessarily serving twelve years. His story puts a human face on the nearly one million nonviolent drug offenders confined in prisons throughout the country" --Susan Sarandon -Actor/Activist
"Anthony Papa's "15 To Life" is a must read for the hip-hop community. Over 94% of the 17,000 people locked up under New York's drug laws, the harshest drug laws in the country, are black or Hispanic. Like Papa, I am trying to end these racist laws. We need your voice. You can start by reading this book -- Russell Simmons
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Photos of my Whitney Show
Body Cavity Searches DOCs directive 4910
NYS prison art band & voting activism
Photos of the Rockefeller Drug Law Movement Since 1997
Rock Law News and My Articles
Rockefeller Drug Sentencing Info
BRIEF History OF Mothers of the NY Disappeared
Book Media for 15 to Life
Activism 101 - Projects & archival articles
Fielding Dawson & Al (Grandpa ) Lewis & Veronica Flournoy Memorial & JUDGE JERRY MARKS
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