Onward Blog

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In this work you have to believe in the magical and mystical.

By Christopher Zahn, #LwC2021

August 5, 2021

Christopher Zahn is a Certified Recovery Coach/Trainer, Peer Specialist, Reentry Specialist and Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitator.

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We make society safer when we extend services, opportunity, and grace to everyone who has done their time.

By Zach Ruppel, #LwC2021

August 4, 2021

Zach Ruppel is a Data and Research Analyst for the Franklin County Office of Justice Policy and Programs

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I am formerly incarcerated and justice-impacted and I decided to utilize everything that I had been through, the mistakes I have made, to be a catalyst for positive change.

By Ashley Goldon, #LwC2021

August 3, 2021

Ashley Goldon is the Statewide Program Director of Nation Outside

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“As leaders, to truly be successful in our organization or whatever endeavors we take on, we have to be strong as individuals.”

By Chazidy Bowman, #LwC2021, President and Founder of Opportunities People’s Justice Leaders

July 22, 2021

Chazidy Bowman is the President and Founder of Opportunities People’s Justice Leaders.

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The Iron is Hot Right Now.

By Kesha Hamilton, #LwC2021

May 19, 2021

Kesha Hamilton is the co-founder and current Co-Chair of Racing 4 Equity.

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I think the core of the work that we do is bound up in the idea that people who are incarcerated should be treated as human beings, and that we have a responsibility to them.

By Josh Hoe, #LwC2021

April 16, 2021

Josh Hoe is a policy analyst at Safe and Just Michigan.

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I’ve seen what hope can do.

By Ron Pierce, #LwC2020

April 28, 2020

Ron Pierce holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies minoring in Sociology from Rutgers University-Newark.

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I am ambitious with hope!

By Coral Smith, #LwC2020

Coral Nichols is a certified life coach and a sought after public speaker.

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It’s up to us to hold those in power accountable–every day, all day.

By Cedric Fulton, #LwC2020

Cedric Fulton holds a Degree in Political Science from Framingham State and A.A.S. from Bronx Community College.

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I want to help out my brothers and sisters, show them the path that I took, and create new pathways for them.

By Brandon Smith, #LwC2020

I am the founding Executive Director of the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP).

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I think Alabama is going in the right direction, and I’m excited to be playing a part in making change happen.

By Betty Washington, #LwC2020

Betty Washington is a graduate of Troy University and Trenholm State Technical College.

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My pain is what pushed me into my purpose.

By Quniana Futrell, #LwC2020

I come from the streets of Newark, New Jersey. Both of my parents were in and out of jails and state penitentiaries for most of my life.

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I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but I’m going to get out of prison and I’m going to get my life back.

By Jason Hernandez, #LwC2020

Jason Hernandez has written for and been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN and other major media outlets.

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On the days I do my best work it’s the hope that we can build a better world–a world without so many people in cages–that motivates me.

By James Gould, #LwC2020

James Gould served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Students for a Sensible Drug Policy.

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In the end, I don’t want to see any child incarcerated or in a juvenile detention center.

By Dieter Cantu, #LwC2020

I was only sixteen years old when I was sentenced to ten years in a juvenile detention facility in San Antonio, Texas.

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Within us is a passion to maximize each moment, leading to a better tomorrow. Within us is the recognition that every person’s life has value.

By Jessica Zarling, #LwC2019

November 8, 2019

Within us is a passion to maximize each moment, leading to a better tomorrow. Within us is the recognition that every person’s life has value.