• October 6, 2013
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Sidney Clifton, known for her television and film projects that reflect her commitment to telling the truth, empowering the voiceless and being of service, will read selected poems by her late mother, Lucille Clifton, from “The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010,” at our non-profit’s up coming benefit event,  Mothers Behind Bars: The Parent Puzzle.

Sidney Clifton is president of Sanctuary Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based content development and production company and is currently a production executive with Bento Box Entertainment.  She says about parenting:  “We must give children the tools for navigating our sometimes challenging world, thereby teaching them to walk with honesty, courage, and grace.”
Clifton’s support and interest in sharing her family’s philosophy expressed though her mother’s award winning poetry gives this event the same “each one teach one” point of view the Parent puzzle classes are built upon.
In 2010, California State Senator Carol Liu, suggested that our organization take our parenting classes to incarcerated moms. Working  with  former inmate Gloria Barrios we redesigned the classes we’d  been offering to the general public and adapted them to fit the needs of mothers behind bars.

Classes are in their third year at the California Institution for Women in Chino , and are completely filled. In fact, there are over 100 mothers on the wait list.

Mothers Behind Bars: The Parent Puzzle, Sunday, October 27, 2013, 3-5 p.m. at Hillsides, 940 Avenue64, in Pasadena will raise funds to support the prison project.

Other speakers for the event include: Gloria Barrios, mother and former inmate, State Senator, Carol Liu; Los Angeles County Supervisor, Michael D. Antonovich; and CIW Warden (A), Kimberly Hughes. Recipient of the Humanitarian Award – Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Marguerite D. Downing.

Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 available at Amazon.com