Upcoming Events Calendar

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November

Audio Letters For Loved Ones In Prison

Later this month, NPR’s Latino USA revisits the topic of prison life for an upcoming radio show, and we are asking for your help. Do you know someone who is incarcerated? Do you write to that person? If so, send us a short voice memo of an audio letter that you would write to your loved one in prison and we will broadcast it on air during an upcoming show on prisons — or post it on our website.

You can tell them you love them, you miss them, or just what happened during the week. Make sure to include a greeting and a goodbye. You can e-mail it to us or call 707-625-0363 and leave a short voicemail.

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November 18

The Center For NYC Affairs at The New School presents:
Rikers Island: Reform It — Or Shut It Down?

The Rikers Island jail complex has become a symbol of criminal justice dysfunction. Last year, The New York Times uncovered 129 serious injuries to inmates. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York documented widespread abuse and neglect of teenagers in the jail’s adolescent unit. And Mayor de Blasio described an environment so toxic that inmates are released “more broken than when they came in.” The City administration has initiated reforms. But a growing number of community groups, advocates, and elected representatives say that piecemeal changes are not enough. Their cry is getting louder: Shut Rikers Down. Join us for a discussion about what jail reform can and should look like. How can the city move toward a better, smaller jail? What are the right alternatives for adolescents and mentally ill inmates? What community-based supports must be in place to reduce incarceration and recidivism? What are the barriers to real reform and how can they be overcome?

Wed., Nov. 18
2-5 PM
The Auditorium at The New School
66 W. 12th St.
NYC

Click here to register for free tickets.

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November 19

New York Area Re-Entry Meetup (NYARM)

Come connect with other professionals in the re-entry field throughout New York City and Westchester. Let’s talk about our work and how we can work together as well as respect each other’s individuality as a contributor to the re-entry field. This will be a nice evening out — after work — to socialize and network. No pressure. Just a room full of folks with a
common interest.

Thurs., Nov. 19
5:30-7:30 PM
St. Magdalena Church
First Floor Event Space
70 W. 107th St.
NYC

Click here for free registration.

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November 21

Advocacy Training: Learn How To Transform The Legislative Landscape And Gain Skills To Win Your Campaign

Every year members and supporters of the Education From The Inside Out Coalition meet to learn from and with one another in support of our campaigns to remove barriers to higher education for all court-involved individuals. This year we will be sharpening our advocacy skills in support of the Restoring Education and Learning Act.

Sat., Nov. 21
10 AM -3 PM
Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Drive
Suite 1626
NYC

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here for more information.

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December 3

Screening: A Place To Stand

A Place to Stand is a film screening, poetry reading and interactive dance experience highlighting the transformative creativity in spaces of incarceration. Featuring
readings from poet-facilitators Kirya Traber and Najee Omar, who work within juvenile
detention settings through Voices UnBroken, and a collective dance experience from Dances for Solidarity. Hosted by poet Caits Meissner, sharing the work of incarcerated women poets from the Rehabilitation Through the Arts program. The film A Place to Stand
is about Jimmy Santiago Baca’s transformation from functionally illiterate convict to award-winning poet.

Thurs., Dec. 3
7:30 PM
Kipps Bay IMAX
570 2nd Ave. and 33rd St.
NYC

Click here to reserve your $15 ticket.

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December 3

A Justice-In-Education Initiative Series Event: Teaching Contemporary Civilization In Prison

Joshua Dubler is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester and served as a post-doctoral fellow with the Society of Fellows in the Humanities from 2008-2011. Joshua earned his PhD in Religion from Princeton University. His dissertation was an ethnographic study of the chapel at Graterford Prison, which he turned into a book, “Down in the Chapel.” His forthcoming book, entitled “Break Every Yoke: Religion, Power, and the End of Mass Incarceration,” looks to marshal religious resources toward prison abolition. As a post-doctoral fellow, he taught Columbia’s Core course, Contemporary Civilizations, in Graterford Prison in Pennsylvania, and his talk will be a reflection of that teaching experience.

Thurs., Dec. 3
12:15-2 PM
Columbia University
The Heyman Center
Common Room/2nd Floor
Morningside Campus
NYC

Click here for more information.

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December 7

Just Change

Communities and individuals who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration have the most knowledge when it comes to reforming the criminal justice system. Their experiences and stories can become the bedrock of public policy that can end the era of mass incarceration.The Northeast regional convening is an opportunity for formerly incarcerated thought leaders to come together and speak to and create strategies with officals from the Federal Government. Together we will create solutions to repair communities harmed by years of tough on crime public policy.

Mon., Dec. 7
9 AM-5 PM
The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Dr.
NYC

Click here to RSVP. Tickets are free.

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December 7

Pinkerton Youth Justice Symposium

The bi-annual Pinkerton Youth Justice Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Osborne Association. The symposium will address issues surrounding the children and families of incarcerated individuals. Speakers will include Zachary Norris, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and John Jay College President Jeremy Travis. Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

Mon., Dec. 7
1-5 PM
John Jay College
Student Dining Hall
524 W. 59 St.
NYC

Click here to be notified when registration officially opens. For more information, e-mail Matt Bond.

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