Promoting Further Indigenous Values In Prison Systems

Promoting Further Indigenous Values In Prison Systems

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Angeline Berengue started this petition to San Francisco Politians and

There has been a lack of indigenous practices in the prison system of the San Francisco community. We as a group want to highlight and promote the well-being of Pacific Islanders in the prison. So many inmates are stripped of their indigenous values when put in prison. In many ways this is unfair, and cruel to those Native Islanders to not be able to celebrate their cultures and have to turn to violence and gang ship to have a community inside prison. We wanted to make prevalent and absolutely known that programs that incorporate native ways of practices and culture are being implemented in other prisons in the Bay Area. 

Their programs have changed some inmates lives, especially being able to involve themselves in indigenous ways of life. This is an effective way of helping those Oceanic people who are incarcerated to find a peace of mind and body by letting them have a little piece of home within themselves. Depression, suicide, PTSD and other mental illness plague Oceanic people in prison due to how cruelly they're treated and how alone in the small world they're living in, with the integration of programs within the confides of a prison we can see a happier environment for inmates. 

Hula Dancing has already took form and changing lives at San Quentin State Prison, they are held twice a week for "spiritual practices," and are conducted by Kumu Patrick Makuakāne. According to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, Native Hawaiians are protected and able to practice their religion without prosecution. Hula is not only dance but a way of life and can heal the spirit. You can integrate Hula Kahiko and Hula Auana, and also teach the ways of playing the ipu instruments to inmates so they can further gain there ways back. 

By integrating Hula and other native dancing into prisons with high Pacific Islander rates we will be able to see a change in action, not only from the prison community but allowing these Indigenous people to reconnect or continue connection with their ways of life. 

With the help of you, we can see change. We will be gathering signatures of this petition and passing it along to our Politicians, Mayor, Senator, and even Governor to further implement and share what we believe is the most heartfelt and important incorporation for Native Pacific Islander Inmates! 

Links to video of Hula in San Quentin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2YHWk8ijqo 

Documentary on Indigenous ways being integrated in prisons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaaL3Jr-soI 

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