Ozomatli, Black Star, and Me’Shell N’degeocello will all play the School Not Jails Benefit concert next month in Santa Cruz, California as part of the campaign against Proposition 21, a juvenile crime initiative.The musicians will take to the stage at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for the all-ages show on March 3, four days before California voters will go to the polls to cast their ballots for or against Prop 21. Critics have blasted Prop 21, suggesting that if implemented, the initiative will lead to a “costly war against the state’s children and youth” by causing more children to be tried as adults if they’re prosecuted for gang-related crimes. Prop 21 would also increase the existing penalties for certain gang crimes. Proceeds from the concert will also be donated to Critical Resistance, an organization that advocates sweeping reforms and a restructuring of the current prison system, as well as Barrios Unidos, a group seeking to curtail violence and
drug abuse among youth by providing them with life-enhancing alternative activities. Tickets for the show can now be purchased via Ticketmaster. For more information on the Schools Not Jails Benefit Concert or the No on Prop 21 campaign, check out the organization’s official Web site at www.noprop21.org.