(Detroit, November 20, 2021)—Former Michigan marijuana prisoner John Sinclair, his family and friends will celebrate his release from Jackson Prison 50 years ago with an early evening party at the Ralston Holistic Healing Center at 19730 Ralston Street (near State Fair) from 6:00-10:00 pm on December 10, 2021, exactly 50 years after the John Sinclair Freedom Rally at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor where John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Seale, Phil Ochs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Seger, Commander Cody and a host of others gathered to speak, play and protest the imprisonment of their friend John Sinclair following a sentence in Detroit Recorder’s Court in July 1969 of 9-1/2 to 10 years for possession of two joints of marijuana.
The event is open to the public and will be held as a benefit for The John Sinclair Foundation, a Michigan non-profit foundation. The benefit is being produced by Foundation Board members Jamie Lowell and Adam Brook with the assistance of Foundation Steering Committee members Matty Lee, Darrell Stavros, Tino Gross, Ben Horner, Rick Thompson, Debra Young and Christian Greer. The event poster was contributed by Carl Lundgren.
Music & poetry will be provided by John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars featuring Jeff Grand with special guests Howard Glazer & Harmonica Shah, the Steve Boone band from Flint, and singer Tasha Owens. Food and drink will be catered by the Ralston Center’s affiliates. A $50.00 commemorative ticket for the event will benefit The John Sinclair Foundation and tickets are limited to 50 due to limited space available at the venue.
For those whose memory is not 50 years long, Sinclair was released from prison three days after the Freedom Rally and returned to civilian life, where he has cut a wide swath of political and cultural activism and artistic production since January 1972. He presently resides in downtown Detroit and continues to program and manage his internet radio station, RadioFreeAmsterdam.org. Sinclair was affiliated with local radio stations, WCBN-FM and
WNRZ-FM in Ann Arbor and WABX-FM and WDET -FM in Detroit.
For more information on the 50th Anniversary Celebration or The John Sinclair Foundation,
Matty Lee at 248 931 2443,
Jamie Lowell at 734 276 6318,
or John Sinclair at 313 231 5764.
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