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20 minutes | Aug 28, 2017
Pastor Brian Cole - Prison Ministry and the Path that led him there
Pastor Brian Cole (Knecht) – After 30+ years involved in Satanism and the occult, 27+ years of incaIMG_5453rceration (4 as a juvenile, 23 as an adult), 25+ years as a drug addict, and caught up in many other addictions such as cutting, pornography, sex, dungeons and dragons, etc., in 2009 after being suicidal and almost succeeding on 3 occasions, I was arrested for the last time! At the age of 44 I had finally “come to myself,” and through a faith based drug and alcohol program offered in the County Jail, I came to know the Truth of Jesus Christ and was born again on January 22, 2009, being radically saved by the very same God I had denied for so many years! www.setusfree.org
6 minutes | Aug 28, 2017
Dant'e Cottingham #259241 - Mass Incarceration and the People Fighting for Change
Incarcerate US Podcast Host Dant'e Cottingham talks about the progress of the podcast so far, the incredible guests he has encountered and the future for the show.
21 minutes | Aug 25, 2017
Professor Emeritus, Doug Carnine, PhD - Author of Saint Badass and How to win love.
How Friendship & Support For Meditation, Mindfulness, & Kindness Facilitated Transcendence While in Tucker Max How This Started The Feed Kindness, Starve Harm project focuses on why and how to fuse mindfulness, meditation and kindness into everyday living. It grew out of initial correspondence between Doug Carnine, a professor emeritus from the University of Oregon and Roy Tester, an inmate in a maximum security prison. Roy wanted to know more about Buddhism and meditation. Roy admited to his crimes of retaliation against abusive parents and sought ways to transcend the prison experience with mindful kindness through Doug’s supportive friendship. Doug’s four-decade personal practice of mindfulness, meditation, and loving kindness through Buddhism was the original springboard in connecting with Roy and later to three other prisoners. Through the growing friendships via letters, phone conversations and a visit to the Arkansas prison, Doug served as not only a mentor but a learner. Doug participated in and aided the development of a partnership to spread mindful kindness in the prison. In the two books he has written and the development of this web site, Doug shares what he and his prison friends are learning about the power of fusing mindfulness, meditation and kindness. www.feedkindness.org
20 minutes | Aug 21, 2017
Glenn E. Martin is the Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) and Founder of CLOSErikers
JustLeadershipUSA Leading with Conviction Training Mission JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform. Apply now to our 2018 Leading with Conviction Training to elevate your leadership skills.http://bit.ly/lwc2018
20 minutes | Aug 20, 2017
Lock Down On Rikers - Award Winning Author Mary Buser
Lockdown on Rikers shines a light into the deepest and most horrific recesses of the criminal justice system, and shows how far it has really drifted from the ideals we espouse. Mary Buser LCSW, worked as a clinical social worker in the Mental Health Department on Rikers Island during the Giuliani administration's celebrated crackdown on crime She began her Rikers sojourn as a student intern at the Rose Singer Center, where she provided therapy to incarcerated women, including a support group for mothers in the island's nursery. After earning her Master's degree, she returned to Rikers to work at the George Motchan Detention Center, a maximum security facility for male detainees. Here, she provided both individual and group therapy to the general population, as well as to the jail's mentally ill inmates. Three years later, Ms. Buser was promoted to an assistant mental health chief. In this capacity, she supervised treatment at the "Mental Health Center," the 350-bed facility for the city jail system's most seriously mentally ill inmates. Following her stint at the Mental Health Center, Ms. Buser worked at the Otis Bantum Correctional Center, which was structurally attached to the 500-cell Punitive Segregation Unit, aka, The Bing. Here, Ms. Buser supervised a mental health team in treating inmates held in solitary confinement, as punishment for various jailhouse infractions. Prior to Rikers Island, Ms. Buser co-founded and served as Executive Director of The Samaritans of New York, a suicide prevention hotline. In this capacity, she assisted the New York City Police Department in the production of a suicide prevention film that was subsequently shown to all incoming cadets. Ms. Buser also testified before the New York City Council as to the extent of teenage suicide citywide. Ms. Buser also worked at the Osborne Association's drug-rehab facility, El Rio, as well as at the Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center. She received her Master's Degree from Columbia University. www.marybuser.com Contact BuserMary@Gmail.com For any media inquiries, please contact Lori Ames: 631-539-4558 To get in touch with Mary, please email her directly at: Lori@ThePRFreelancer.com
21 minutes | Aug 19, 2017
PAPS - Azzurra Crispino
PAPS MISSION STATEMENT Azzurra Crispino - Co Founder - www.iheartpaps.org We Believe: *The prison-industrial complex, in all its forms, including; immigrant detention centers, city and county jails, as well as state and federal prisons, must be abolished. This is a social evil that must be eradicated. The prison-industrial complex does not keep the community safe; it profits the elite while ravaging our communities. *We are committed to ending racism, classism, patriarchy, ableism, cis-gendered privilege and ALL other interrelated forms of oppression. We recognize the prison-industrial complex is a racist institution, trans prisoners are especially vulnerable, and that women currently have the highest increase in rate of incarceration. *All prisoners, regardless of their innocence or guilt, are worthy of dignity and support. *Creating a community of resistance, support, love and mutual aid across the razor wire is a revolutionary act. *Transformative justice, restorative justice, non-violent conflict resolution, forgiveness and community rehabilitation can and will replace the prison-industrial complex. *Supporting prison reforms likely to lead to the eventual complete abolition of the prison industrial complex, such as amnesty programs, abolition of solitary confinement past 15 days, decriminalization of non-violent crimes, etc., can and will lead to an eventual abolition of prisons. *Supporting acts of resistance behind the razor wire, and letting the voices, needs actions and desires of prisoners be amplified. *Building broad coalition and community for all who wish to support prisoners or eradicate prisons. *Engaging in peaceful actions and demonstrations to achieve these goals here. School Supply Drive information: donate (make sure to specify for school supply drive): https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=bH280I6ParOzufjHyyemXsd2nXBXQM3FoRu5radyc4VEjwTCNgeLwLvA2RQixTWFc9udJW&country.x=US&locale.x=US For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1583142595053043/ https://www.counterbalanceatx.org/community-calendar List of coalition partners for our Millions for Prisoners Action: https://papstexas.blogspot.com/2017/08/sponsororgs.html How to do a solitary confinement demonstration: https://papstexas.blogspot.com/2015/10/how-to-do-solitary-confinement-demo.html Our Mission Statement: http://www.iheartpaps.org/about-us.html Our rally: https://papstexas.blogspot.com/2017/08/video-of-speakers-from-atx-millions-for.html
21 minutes | Aug 10, 2017
Jerome Dillard: Re-Entry Coordinator at Dane County, Wisconsin
Mr. Jerome Dillard has been hired to be the statewide lead organizer for EXPO (EX-Prisoners Organizing). Click here for an excellent article he wrote. Jerome Dillard has more than 20 years of experience working with formerly-incarcerated people, and with people in prison. He is a founder of Voices Beyond Bars in Madison (and Voices Beyond Bars is a founding member of MOSES). Jerome has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and has most recently been the director of re-entry programs for Dane County. Jerome takes inspiration from this quote from Nelson Mandela, who also spent time behind bars: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.
19 minutes | Aug 9, 2017
Tawanda Vandroff - Founder of:Another Chance to Bridge the Gap
About Another Chance 2 Bridge the Gap was created by the People for the People. We are here to help people in prison as well as the family and support system Company Overview VISION: Strengthen the Families, Teaching the People to be Righteous , Advancing the Mind, Reaching the Lost, Serving the Communities MISSION: We are here to serve and help people regardless of race, color, creed or religion. Our mission is to help Bridge the Gap between people in the community and people in prison. We know and realize that Society is in trouble and that WE are the change that we want to see. Our mission to build and rebuild relationships with our families, friends and even our enemies in order to meet a common goal of helping the people. Our mission is to be able to give a better life to our children than the life that we have lived. Our mission is to live and not die! Our mission is to be a part of the solution and not the problem.
19 minutes | Aug 4, 2017
Stephen Barbee: Inspirational Preacher, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Facilitator
In July 2000, he separated from his wife; she left Chicago and took the children with her to St. Louis, Missouri. This separation affected Stephen with a relapse in his substance abuse problem. He found himself homeless again staying in shelters in Des Moines, Iowa and Hammond Indiana. In July 2001,Stephen returned to Lawrence for what he thought would be a brief visit. Still struggling with his drug and alcohol addiction, he floated from job to job and relationship to relationship. During the summer of 2005, he was still under the influence on a daily basis not knowing one of his drug locations was under federal surveillance. Twice during the month of July, he was seen at this location. On December 21, 2007, while at work in Topeka, Kansas, two detectives came to his place of employment with a warrant for his arrest. His original charge was 10 years to life for distribution of 5-kilo of crack cocaine. On this day, he was released on a $25,000 signature bond. In May 2008, his bond was revoked because of Stephen's continual use of drugs while out and having several dirty UA's. He was transported to Community Correction of America (a federal detention center for federal inmates) in Leavenworth, Kansas. On August 29, 2009, he was sentenced to 70 months in the Bureau of Prisons. While there, God began a new work in Stephen's life. In December of 1991, he was licensed for the Gospel Ministry; September 1997, he was ordained for the Gospel Ministry. As part of his incarceration, he was assigned a work detail. They placed him in religious services/chapel. God showed Stephen that he was restored. He was able to use his spiritual gifts while in prison. He also applied to be accepted in the BOP-RDAP program. This was a 500 hour intensive drug program; if completed successfully, he would be granted an early release. On January 18, 2012, he was released from prison after serving 44 months. When God restores, He restores because Stephen's first place of employment was City Union Mission in Kansas City, Missouri, 73 days after his release. God has truly opened doors for Stephen since his release from prison. He has served at City Union Mission, Restart Inc., Grace United Community Ministries, Metro Lutheran Ministry and Second Chance Program. At Metro Lutheran Ministry, Stephen was a program coordinator. He played an important role with their re-entry program. He understood those whom he served because of his struggles with drugs, alcohol and imprisonment. Book Stephen Barbee for Your Next Speaking Engagment *Fees for services will be discussed upon inquiry: www.stephenbarbee.com Phone: 785-764-5704 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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