Rihanna was sitting with the President of the L.A. Police Commission Steve Soboroff at an L.A. Clippers game. After taking a few selfies, Rihanna dropped the phone and it broke. She wanted to remain on good terms with the LAPD, so she took out her check book and wrote a check for $25,000 for the police cadets and fallen officers fund.
That’s enough to buy a few hundred phones!
Not only did she donate money, she also took the phone and signed her autograph on the back and put it up for the LAPD to auction off. Can someone tell May & I what we need to do to get exposure for our passion and cause to get some leverage to get this type of support or attention. We are not trying to do anything except be the hands and body of God to a perishing species of disenfranchised individuals…HELP!!!!! please help us understand the difference between a human, cell phone and animals.
These comparisons are really getting to my inner peace. Why is it that a cell phone signed by a celebrity gets so much momentum and attention and there are human being struggling to make their difference make a difference. Real live human beings are suffering for various reasons and it seems that no one cares about their plight. I realize that their are programs out there, but they aren’t reaching the masses.
When the subject of ex-offenders in the workforce comes up, one of the questions that May and I likes to pose requires little imagination to answer.
“If the public doesn’t want to give ex-offenders the support they need to get a job,life skills or a launching pad to success what is the natural result of that?” asks the strategic advancement manager at AccessAbility, Inc., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization that helps people with multiple barriers to employment find high-quality jobs. “There are so many people who want to turn up their nose at ex-offenders or look past them, but the outcome of that is not good. They need a second chance.”
For an ex-offender reentering mainstream society, finding legitimate, gainful employment is an essential step toward creating a productive new life. But whether due to a lack of education and skills on the part of the job applicant or to bias on the part of employers, getting hired can be a formidable challenge for someone with a criminal record.
As Rudy Holder walked down East Harlem’s main drag, everyone seemed to remember him. One man after another greeted him with a handshake or a quick, one-armed hug. Each exchange brought a nervous look to Holder’s face: Friend or foe? Some of the men he recognized. Some he didn’t. But they all knew him.
“Trouble,” they said, again and again. It was the nickname he’d earned as a teenager.
After serving 12 years in prison, Rudy Holder had come home to East Harlem on parole, joining the 725,000 others who are released from correctional facilities each year across the country. Holder’s crime was gunning down two rivals, neither fatally, in 1993. In returning to Harlem, he was hoping to avoid the cycle that engulfs so many ex-convicts and lands them back in jail time after time.
Of the 7 million Americans (1 in 33) who were incarcerated, on probation or parole in 2010, more than 4 in 10 can be expected to return to prison within three years, according to a 2011 study by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Center on the States.
That cycle of repeated arrests and incarcerations comes at a high price to the states, which collectively spend about $52 billion a year on corrections costs. That number has quadrupled over the last 20 years as changing law enforcement philosophies, including the so-called war on drugs, have meant more aggressive policing, criminalization and incarcerations.
While recidivism rates vary from state to state — California’s is about 60 percent, at the high end, as compared to South Carolina’s, which is about 32 percent — the national rate has remained relatively steady over the past decade. According to the most recent figures on recidivism by the Pew Center, the national rate actually decreased slightly from 1999 through 2004, from 45.4 percent to 43.3 percent.
But experts say a host of socio-economic issues make the likelihood of recidivating extremely high.
It’s hard to know where to start with the problems at the Sochi Olympics, but the one that appears to have attracted the widest worldwide outrage is the killing of stray dogs.
Even in Russia, where they have chastised western media for being on a witch hunt for bad stories, it was a Russian billionaire who stepped forward with a donation to save Sochi’s dogs. Oleg Deripaska heads up several energy and commodities businesses. He’s about as pro-Putin Russia as you can get, yet he didn’t want to see the dogs “culled” either. Some question whether his funding for animal shelters in Sochi will extend beyond the length of the games, but it’s still a big gesture that can only be read one way: one of Russia’s most powerful men thinks the dog killing policy is wrong.
When news broke last week that thousands of dogs were going to be eliminated in one way or another, the Humane Society and numerous other animal rights groups mobilized their networks and offered help. There are even websites up already with detailed instructions for people around the world who want to adopt a Sochi dog.
Western media has given a lot of coverage to Russia’s anti-gay policies, among other human rights abuses. There have been protests and social media campaigns calling for LGBTQ tolerance and rights. But the dog stories – with their adorable photos –stirred a level of outrage that seemed to cross greater political and geographical boundaries. And they certainly achieved faster results. It raises a quandary: do we care more about what happens to animals than other humans?
“The indispensable and transforming work of faith-based and other charitable service groups must be encouraged.
Government cannot be replaced by charities, but it can and should welcome them as partners. We must heed the growing consensus across America that successful government social programs work in fruitful partnership with community-serving and faith-based organizations.”
A national movement to rethink crime and punishment is gaining a foothold in Minnesota, pushing the state toward policies that helpex-offenders rebuild their lives in an age of instant background checks and eternal Internet mug shots.
The most recent example is the “ban the box” legislation, passed earlier this year by a bipartisan coalition, which eliminates the criminal history checkoff box on most private sector jobapplications. The bill is just one in a series of small victories that have Democrats and Republicans working together to give felons a second chance.
“I think this is without any doubt the most bipartisan work getting done at the Capitol right now,” said Sarah Walker, founder of the Second Chance Coalition, which is leading the charge.
Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
Psalms 69:33 For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
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