OH YAY you guys are the very best! We have reached the second goal, and now the FICT FACT Comic Book Cover arts and the Cocktail Recipe Book/Accessory Pack prizes have been unlocked. You can see pictures and read more about the first two prize levels in the blog entry right below this one.
GOAL THREE is also very easy and doable! Once we reach 50 orders, this new prize opens: 4 lots of Silver jewelry from the program in Bali. Two earrings, two pendants. These are pretty, lightweight, and you can feel REALLY good about wearing them—here is a little info about them from the YIN Website.
In conjunction with inmate Si Yi Chen (Bali Nine), YIN has established and is running the MULE JEWELS project, a rehabilitative silver making program inside the notorious Kerobokan jail in southern Bali. The goal of the program is threefold. First, to offer inmates a trade skill that they are able to use upon release to get a good job (skilled silversmiths are paid well and highly sought after in Bali). Secondly, to keep inmates out of the blocks (overcrowded rooms where they sleep) where trouble is often brewing and [thirdly to] give them something constructive and therapeutic to work with. The program also offers those involved a well needed nutritious hot lunch.
I think most of you guys know I volunteer teach and serve on the board of REFORMING ARTS, an educational initiative here in Georgia at the maximum security facility for women. I think we incarcerate WAY too many people for REALLY dumb reasons in this country. I think even when we incarcerate for good reasons, it isn’t done fairly or uniformly, and we don’t do enough to stop recidivism and teach skills that lead to sustainable, connected, gentle lives after prison. Worse, US prisons are becoming much more about profit than punishment, and they were already much, much more about punishment than rehabilitation. Education + Opportunity WORKS, plus I believe in rehabilitation, and grace, and the human capacity to change and …well, have you read any of my novels? You know this about me, and you know Mule Jewels SUPER appeals to me. ALSO???? the pieces are SO pretty. I have a Mule Jewels ring I wear everyday—the one on my index finger in the pic below.