On The Loss of Eddie Ellis

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Fortune family mourns the loss of Eddie Ellis, a great leader in the field of social justice. Eddie Ellis was a pioneer in prisoner advocacy. He fought for human rights as a prisoner during the Attica Riots. He fought for access to higher education in prison while he himself was incarcerated; and was eventually instrumental in the creation of college programs behind bars. Released from prison after serving over two decades, Eddie continued to fight for a more just response to crime by mentoring and empowering formerly incarcerated people to be leaders in this field. Eddie Ellis was a pioneer, and his legacy is that of a true warrior for justice. So, while we will miss him greatly, it is our hope that his work continues to guide and empower us as we continue the struggle to humanize the justice system.

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