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People on Parole Should Serve on Juries

By Vidal Guzman with Megan French-Marcelin

April 4, 2019

New York State undermines its commitment to civic engagement by barring people on parole and probation from participating in juries.

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There’s always something to be said when you’re doing something for the community you grew up in or serving a population where you can relate directly to their experiences.

By Yasmine Arrington

April 2, 2019

Leading with Conviction is amazing and I know the training is forever going to change my life and the life of my organization.

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Demand Your Rights

By Megan French-Marcelin, #WORKINGfuture Campaign Coordinator

March 19, 2019

Over 70,000,000people in the United States have a criminal record. They face an estimated 45,000 barriers and exclusions.

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I want to leverage technology to end mass incarceration.

By Marcus Bullock, #LwC2019

March 18, 2019

When I was only fifteen years old, I was sentenced to eight years in prison and sent to a maximum security facility hours away from my home.

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ONWARD ALERT: Trump Takes Aim at SNAP

By Megan, Hakim, Lester, and the #WORKINGfuture Team

March 12, 2019

Formerly incarcerated people are organizing to stop dangerous cuts from essential food stamps

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A Leap Forward in L.A.

By Eunisses Hernandez, Los Angeles Campaign Coordinator

March 6, 2019

JusticeLA secured a vote to replace a men's jail with mental health facilities and stop plans for the construction of a women's jail in the city.

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We are people who were caught up in the system and made it out, and now we get to be the voice for other people.

By Alaina Combs, #LwC2019

I can’t talk about Leading with Conviction without crying because I’m just so grateful to be a part of this cohort.

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A Call for People-First Language

By Divine Pryor

January 15, 2019

Since the founding of the United States, language has been central to dehumanizing Black and brown people to justify violence and injustice.

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Dispatch from the Field: Organizing Kids and Young People to Build Communities in NYC

By Harvey Murphy

January 9, 2019

I’m JustLeadershipUSA’s NYC Community Organizer, working to #CLOSErikers, build communities, and end mass incarceration.

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Open Letter to New York City Correctional Officers

By JustLeadershipUSA

We are a group of formerly incarcerated individuals, and loved ones of people formerly and currently incarcerated, and we are fighting to #CLOSErikers

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What You Need To Know About The First Step Act

By DeAnna Hoskins

November 20, 2018

I’m writing to to share the concerns of JustLeadershipUSA, and key national partner organizations regarding the First Step Act.

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You’re Born with Either a Fight or Flight Response, And Luckily I was Born with the Fight Response. I’ve Been Fighting Since I was a Child.

By James Monteiro, #LwC2018

November 19, 2018

The best thing I got from Leading with Conviction is I’m never alone. There’s always someone I can reach out to across the country.