Mamaloose Music Teams with Human Rights Task Force Reverse Scalps for Joan Baez Ticket Competition

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Jackie Henrion of Mamaloose Music joined with the Human Rights Task Force in North Idaho to create a poetry competition for free Joan Baez tickets for March 22 concert. Recognizing Baez's commitment to human rights causes, the women only competition raised visibility of rights issues and hosted a live reading for the winners. Lost Horse Press published the winners.

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In an interview, Henrion cites the high prices of concert tickets and the company's commitment to human rights as the motivation for creating a competition for free Joan Baez tickets. Teaming up with Christine Holbert of the Human Rights Task Force and also owner of Lost Horse Press was a key to the initiative. Some men reacted strongly to their exclusion which Henrion cites as an opportunity for further discussion.

"We chose to limit the field to celebrate her courageous voice as a force against injustice and inequality. We wanted to encourage that inspiration for women in this community. But we were frankly surprised at the strength of a few isolated but very strong reactions."

The reading of the winning poetry and essay entries was held ad DiLuna's in Sandpoint, Idaho, attended by both men and women in the community.

Jackie said about the competition and Joan Baez, "She has always inspired me, but as I learn more about the music industry what really strikes me is how strong Baez must be to have bucked the conventions of commercial music to follow her heart to a higher humanity. I find that most inspiring of all!" Read the full article at

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