o raise funds and awareness for the event's efforts in his home state. Kramer will discuss JGD's efforts in bringing music for rehabilitation to Michigan prisons, along with some musical performance.
The Higher Grounds Trading Company will joint eh effort by launching a new brand, Riff Roast, whose sales will contribute $5 per bag towards JGD-USA.
"We're laying the building blocks of a community of caring that includes those living behind bars in my beloved home state of Michigan," Kramer -- who himself was incarcerated during the mid-70s on drug charges -- says in a statement. "Our teaching artists in Detroit have already begun outreach to other musicians throughout the state in anticipation of creating a network of workshops for those in need."
Named after a song from the Clash's debut album, the Jail Guitar Doors initiative was started by British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg in the U.K. and worked with Kramer and his wife, Margaret Saardi Kramer, to set up JGD-USA in 2009. The organization provides instruments and volunteer teaching programs to more than 150 facilities nationwide and is active in campaigns for policy reforms and decreasing prison violence.
Information about JGD-USA can be found via jailguitardoors.com.
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