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In response to the posted facts:
What happens to the wives and kids? Incarceration destroys families- this makes me angry. Disproportionate % of African American and Latino parents= racist system. This makes me upset and motivates me to want to learn more and organize for change.
My adopted daughter is incarcerated. I carry a core grief. Knowing she’s in a system thats as she said “is only adding to her already full bag of pain” She needs counseling, anger management courses. a job, and affordable place to live. Visiting takes half a day, I visit weekly. I take time to write letters, deal with legal support, mail books, and contact other family members.
I visit because I love my girl. If I didn’t come, no one would. She needs support and guidance. I need to hear and see how she’s doing.
About Eric Okdeh
Eric Okdeh is a Philadelphia based muralist, who has been creating public art since 1998. After receiving his BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Eric chose to focus on mural work exclusively. Since 2002, in addition to his commissioned work, Eric has taught mural making classes to children and teens throughout the city as well as inmates at SCI Graterford Prison. The classes exist as leadership, teamwork, and skill building exercises which culminate in major mural projects.
In an attempt to capture these significant community collaborations and interactions, Eric has developed this website and mural blog. The projects are journalized and documented in photographs and video clips to lend outside observers insight into the processes by which his murals come about.
Eric has over 65 commissions throughout the city of Philadelphia and one in Seville, Spain. He has participated in mural projects in Tucson, Arizona and Los Angeles. His work is featured in four books about public and Mural art.
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