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The Reality of Reentry

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St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church

402 West Edenton Street

Raleigh, NC 27603

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Find out about the stark realities that have made reentry and reform the focus of social justice initiatives across the country.

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On December 10th, the Wake County Local Reentry Council will illuminate the stark realities that have made reentry and reform the focus of social justice initiatives across the country.

Join our renowned social justice champions as they set the stage for truth and understanding about the journey home from prison.

It is with great excitement and anticipation that we thank the leadership of St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church for opening their historic doors and partnering to help people come home with dignity to their families and communities.

It promises to be an unparalleled introduction to the mission field of reentry. Advocates are welcome, but this is the time to bring with you faith leaders, friends, and colleagues who want to learn about the movement and how to engage.

OUR SOCIAL JUSTICE CHAMPIONS

Dr. Terrance Ruth currently serves as the President of Justice Love Foundation and as a professor in NCSU’s Department of Social Work. He has a legacy career dedicated to education and social justice with former positions including National Director of Community Innovation with Forward Cities, Chief Program Officer for the Repairers of the Breach and the Senior Advisor for Dr. William Barber III, Executive Director of the NAACP of North Carolina State Conference, Administrator for Wake County Public Schools and AMIKIDs.

Dr. Ruth will bring to light the intrinsic negatives of racism that feed the school to prison pipeline and introduce the Justice Love Foundation -- an emerging foundation focused on system-level change in the environments that surround activists and social justice organizations.

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Dennis Gaddy is the Executive Director and founder of the Community Success Initiative, a non-profit corporation developed to help people discover their potential, set worthy goals for their lives, and take action in a positive way, with an emphasis on people who are, or have been, entangled in the criminal justice system. Mr. Gaddy is a community leader on a national scale influencing policy and legislative change to open opportunities for people to move beyond their sentence and come home successfully.

He serves as the Criminal Justice Chair for the North Carolina NAACP., is a member participant on the NC Governor Cooper’s Statewide Reentry Collaborative, and the North Carolina Committee for Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC-CRED). He is an entrepreneur with Gaddy Success Enterprises and his work in social justice has been recognized from DC to down home: Invited participant in the Justice Votes 2020: A Presidential Town Hall meeting October 28 th , NAACP United Nations Panel on the Disenfranchisement of US Citizens (Geneva, Switzerland), and as a recipient of both the NCCAA Hall of Fame Community Champion Award for outstanding leader in public service, and the Goodman Award (Jim Goodman- President, Capital Broadcasting/WRAL Television) for exceptional Leadership by Leadership Triangle.

Dennis will help us answer the questions around ‘why’ reentry has become a focus for reform and ‘how’ history and legislation have led to the overwhelming reality that over 7 million people in the United States are under control of the U.S. Justice System.

Interdisciplinary Artist, Sherrill Roland, will be our featured speaker for the event luncheon. It is our honor to host Mr. Roland’s performance of Jump Suit Project, a program he created in 2016. Today, it still continues to ignite conversations around issues related to incarceration. The Jumpsuit Project challenges ideas around mass incarceration and works to generate a safe space to process, question and share. Prior to his own incarceration, Roland maintained a very general understanding about prisons and the justice system in our country – founded heavily in the media’s own depiction of imprisonment. Roland was unaware of the growing numbers of individuals incarcerated in the United States (both those proven guilty and wrongfully accused). His experience opened his eyes to the great impact incarceration has on those individuals behind bars, as well as their family members and friends.

Doris J. Bullock is a first-generation college graduate with more than 20 years of higher education experience in student, academic, judicial and community affairs. She currently serves as the Director of Student Retention at her alma mater, Shaw University. In this role, she is blessed with the wonderful opportunity to provide support, encouragement, and mentorship to every new student to help them persist from year-to-year towards reaching their ultimate goal of graduation.

Doris is completing her final year of doctoral work and will graduate in May 2020 with the Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education from High Point University. Her dissertation research is Incarceration and the Educational Rehabilitation Impact on Recidivism. She is grateful to her mentors for seeing potential in her and investing in that potential. She credits them for her educational success because they taught her the value of mentorship and how it positively impacts one’s life. She encourages everyone to find a mentor and, to also be a mentor. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing games and watching the game show network.

Please join us as our friends and neighbors of the Wake Local Reentry Council to engage in our reentry initiatives and be the catalyst for systemic change!

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