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No Prison / Pro-Prison

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by Slinky Cobblestone

A success story! These songs worked. This prison project was stopped, preserving the New River as a natural resource.

In 2007, local activist musicians near Independence, Virginia, recorded the “No Prison” version of this song to protest the impending damming of the New River for construction of a prison. When the musicians presented their song to the radio station, they were asked to provide something more “balanced” to represent mutliple viewpoints. They responded with the “Pro-Prison” version. The 2 songs were then distributed far and wide, to the public and to decision-makers, and eventually played a part in getting the prison project relocated.

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