We had a great turnout at the first annual Consensual Comedy Show and Jam Session on April 21, 2016 in support of People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws, which will use the funds to expand our organization and apply for grant funding. The comedy and music show, which took place at the Hi-Tone Cafe at their new Crosstown location, raised over $700 through cover charges, silent auction sales, and donations.
The silent auctions incorporated original art from local donors, gift certificates, and more.
Local comics Jada Brisentine, Latoya Polk, Richard Douglas Jones, Katrina Coleman, and Lisa Michaels had the audience in stitches, and the Midtown Queers, Low Society, and The Incredible Hook dazzled us with live music into the early hours of the morning.
Memphis comic Kate Lucas produced and hosted the show.
Read an interview with PERL executive director Meaghan Ybos and Kate Lucas here.
People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws is a program of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center to monitor law enforcement responses to sexual violence. Our goal is to end the law enforcement and political practices that effectively decriminalize sexual violence. To this end, we connect victims with information about their rights and equip individuals with tools to advocate for themselves and others and advocate for fair criminal justice policies. We urge you to learn more about America’s hidden rape crisis, where it has been exposed, and why it matters. We invite you to take action and support our efforts to make sure law enforcement takes rape seriously.