A Call for People-First Language
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.
Dispatch from the Field: Organizing Kids and Young People to Build Communities in NYC
January 9, 2019
I’m JustLeadershipUSA’s NYC Community Organizer, working to #CLOSErikers, build communities, and end mass incarceration.
Open Letter to New York City Correctional Officers
We are a group of formerly incarcerated individuals, and loved ones of people formerly and currently incarcerated, and we are fighting to #CLOSErikers
I still feel a sense of amazement when I look at where I am today.
October 1, 2018
The Leading with Conviction training is excellent, and the coaching I received from David was pivotal...
You’re born either with a fight or flight response, and luckily I was born with the fight response. I’ve been fighting since I was a child.
For me, Leading with Conviction has been life-changing.
I’ve been out of prison for fifteen years, but I have been reconvicted over and over again because of my criminal record.
September 20, 2018
Over those years I received multiple job offers, but as soon as the employers did a background check, the offers were rescinded, one by one.
I’m the founder and president of the National Workforce Opportunity Network.
We are a fully integrated workforce development and career placement for-profit agency serving individuals with barriers to gainful employment.
I am the National Youth Partnership Strategist for the Youth First Initiative.
August 30, 2018
We are committed to ending youth incarceration, closing youth prisons, and investing in community-based programs, services and opportunities.
I was committed to being an asset to my community instead of a liability.
I have worked in human services for many years with the hungry, homeless and formerly incarcerated.
I want to leave a legacy of humanizing this thing called justice.
I served 14 years in New York State prisons, and it was while I was incarcerated in the Woodbourne Correctional Facility that I discovered my passion
A New Normal in Philadelphia: A Dispatch from the Field
July 11, 2018
Reuben Jones charts the enormous progress of the #CLOSEthecreek campaign.