Upcoming Events Calendar

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 13

Education From The Inside Out Working Group Meeting

Gaining employment that pays a living wage is nearly impossible without a degree. This is one of the great American contradictions we want a citizenry that is educated but unwilling to remove barriers to higher education for community members who have been historically marginalized. EIO seeks to remedy this through advocating for policy that will remove barriers to post-secondary education for community members impacted by the criminal justice system, but until the legislation is passed we will do what we can to further access to higher education for all. #FREECITY is an opportunity for organizers, community members, formal educators and policy advocates to come together for a day of radical public education. EIO seeks to de-privilege spaces of higher learning by creating schools in the public sphere. They will be open to anyone who wants to learn. The courses will be oriented around creating transformative and restorative community solutions to end mass incarceration, criminalization, systemic racism and gender-based violence.

Education From The Inside Out Working Group Meeting

Wed., May 13
6-8 PM
Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Dr.
(entrance on Claremont)
NYC

Click here to RSVP.

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May 16 & 18

In An Ideal World

A feature documentary that follows three men — a warden, a white separatist, and a black ex-gangbanger — for seven years inside Soledad prison as they strive to move beyond the stark reality of America’s locked down racial order. Challenged for the first time by a novel anti-violence program and a U.S. Supreme Court order, their struggles reveal the hope, and the hidden risks, of transformative change.

In An Ideal World

Sat., May 16
4:30 PM
FREE screening at Freddy’s Bar
627 Fifth Ave.
Brooklyn

Mon., May 18
6 PM
Soho International Film Festival
Village East Cinema
Auditorium #3
189 Second Ave.
NYC

Buy tickets for this date only.

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May 18

Dr. Becky Pettit on “Civil Rights Legislation And Legalized Exclusion: Mass Incarceration And The Masking Of Inequality”

Civil rights legislation in the 1960s promised greater racial equality in a variety of domains including education, economic opportunity, and voting. Yet those same laws were coupled with exclusions from surveys used to gauge their effects, thereby affecting both statistical
portraits of inequality and our understanding of the impact of civil rights legislation. This project considers how growth in the American criminal justice system affects assessments of equal opportunity more than half a century after the enactment of historic legislation meant to redress racial inequities in America.

Dr. Becky Pettit on “Civil Rights Legislation And Legalized Exclusion: Mass Incarceration And The Masking Of Inequality”

Mon., May 18
12:30-1:30 PM
Vera Institute Of Justice
233 Broadway
12th Floor
NYC

Click here for more information. Click here to register.

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May 21

Arts to End Violence

Arts to End Violence is the Mediation Center’s annual celebration of local talent, neighborhood pride, and community building. We work to end violence, and believe in the power of art to bring people together, facilitate healing, and motivate positive social change. The festival includes a gallery exhibition of anti-violence art from adults and youth and a block party with local vendors, entertainment, art-making booths, and community building activities.We encourage you to join us in celebrating the talents and resiliency of youth and adults working together to create safer and healthier neighborhoods.

Arts to End Violence

Thurs., May 21
Mediation Center
256 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn

Click here for more information.

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May 27

Promoting Justice And Sentencing Transparency In An Age Of Mass Incarceration

New York state Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announces his proposal to reform New York’s sentencing laws followed by a panel discussion on the reasoning, research, and prospects for enacting reforms.

Promoting Justice And Sentencing Transparency In An Age Of Mass Incarceration

Wed., May 27
9-11 AM
John Jay College
9th Floor Conference Room 9.64
524 West 59th St.
NYC

RSVP to eventsrsvp@jjay.cuny.edu.

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June 4-6

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC presents The Third Annual Festival Of Legislative Theatre: Inside/Outside

For the second year in a row, Fortune will be involved in the Legislative Theater Festival for the Theater of the Oppressed, details below. This year the theme is confronting mass incarceration and the consequences of conviction. All events are free.

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC presents The Third Annual Festival Of Legislative Theatre: Inside/Outside

Thurs., June 4-Sat., June 6

Click here for more information.

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June 25

2015 College Initiative Graduation Celebration

Please join us to celebrate the amazing achievements of our graduates and to share in their inspirational success. We will be serving dinner, so please be sure to RSVP. If you plan on bringing guests, please let us know how many.

2015 College Initiative Graduation Celebration

Thurs., June 25
6-9 PM
John Jay College
2nd Floor Dining Room
524 West 59th St.
NYC

To RSVP, e-mail mcarey@collegeinitiative.org.

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September 23 & 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4

Restorative Justice As A Tool For Transformative Change: Exploring Pathways To Dignity And Healing

Continuing education course. This intensive introduction to restorative justice will blend examples from theory and practice to help participants develop an in-depth understanding of its origins, principles, and application. The course will also include an exploration of the role of and impact on survivors of crime with a particular emphasis on trauma and power. In addition, participants will study accountability for those responsible for crime through a restorative justice lens. These sessions will culminate in an examination of the potential and limitations of restorative justice to address mass incarceration and structural racism. Participants will engage in critical dialogue about these processes in the contexts of history, power, and social change. Throughout the course and in the final week in particular, participants will be given an opportunity to understand and practice some of the core mechanics of restorative justice by focusing on the method of peacemaking circles.

Restorative Justice As A Tool For Transformative Change: Exploring Pathways To Dignity And Healing

Wednesdays: September 23 & 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4
6:30-8 PM
Silberman School of Social Work
Hunter College/CUNY
2180 Third Ave.
NYC

Click here for more information and to register.

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October 29

The Fortune Society Annual Fall Benefit

Our main honoree and special guest speaker will be Bryan Stevenson, an author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Just Mercy,” and the leader of the Equal Justice Initiative.

The Fortune Society Annual Fall Benefit

Thurs., Oct. 29
Time and location TBA

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