15 YEARS TO LIFE

 THE ART OF ANTHONY PAPA

  DRUG WAR ACTIVISM

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How Artist Mike Kelley Helped Me Paint My Way Out of a Prison Cell

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"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 

Papa on Obama, Pardons and Turkeys on Democracy Now

Papa on CNN "Your Money" : Obama Administrations Announcement on Mandatory Minimums

Will Cuomo Make Any Pardons? (Papa on Capital Tonight video)

Actor Uma Thurman narrates Anthony Papa's Drug War Story

Read about the clemency campaign to free Rock Law offenders launched by Papa by clicking here
GOV. ANDREW CUOMO AT RUSSELL SIMMON'S COUNTDOWN TO FAIRNESS RALLY IN 2003     GOV. ANDREW CUOMO ROLLING OUT HIS ROCK LAW REPEAL AGENDA IN HIS FIRST RUN FOR GOV.  IN 2002 AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN A HARLEM CHURCH USING MY ART AND STORY AS AN EXAMPLE                                

                                   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

"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

Breaking the Taboo: A drug war film Papa is in with Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Fernando Henrique Cardoso  which Rolling Stone Magazine described it as a cinematic pamphlet for the Commission on Global Drug Policy which met in NYC on 6/4/11 where former world leaders called the drug war a failure!

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

ARTonAIR  Radio Interview with Anthony Papa

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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Papa Art  My art

WhitneyArtShow    Photos of my Whitney Show

 Art Installations   Art Installations

BodyCavitySearch   Body Cavity Searches DOCs directive 4910

PrisonArtBand   NYS prison art band & voting activism

Photos  Photos of the Rockefeller Drug Law Movement Since 1997

RockLawNews   Rock Law News and My Articles

RockLawSentencing  Rockefeller Drug Sentencing Info

NYMothers  BRIEF History OF Mothers of the NY Disappeared

 Book Media Book Media for 15 to Life

Activism 101  Activism 101 - Projects  & archival articles

 Memorial  Fielding Dawson  & Al (Grandpa ) Lewis & Veronica Flournoy Memorial & JUDGE JERRY MARKS  

 

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