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Committed to Improving the Lives of those Impacted by the Maryland Prison System                       
 
September 3, 2008 
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Act Against AIDS
CENTER FOR HEALTH JUSTICE
announces
a national
HIV & HEPATITIS
INFORMATION
HOTLINE
for
PRISONERS
 
Call Collect:
(323) 822-3838
TUES/WED/THURS/FRI
12 P.M. to 7 P.M.
Eastern Time
 
 
WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE
WE LOVE BEHIND BARS?
Stop the Prison Industrial Complex!
 
LEGISLATIVE AGENDA for The MARYLAND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE INITIATIVE
 
Bills the Initiative is working to have introduced in the upcoming legislative session focus on the following issues:
 
PAROLE REFORM
 
DRUG TREATMENT
 
HEALTH CARE
 
EDUCATION/HABILITATION 
 
VOTER INITIATIVE
 
Family members and friends are encouraged to cast their vote for their incarcerated loved ones in a block vote.
 
VOTER REGISTRATION
 
Voter registration will be available and licensed voter registors will assist with registration.
 
ISSUES AND CONCERNS
 
A workshop will be convened at the seminar to address the concerns of family members and friends.
 
DATABASE DEVELOPMENT
 
Family members and friends will be provided with the opportunity to provide contact information to create a bloc vote initiative.
 
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Dear Activists,
 
In July, many of you joined thousands across the country and participated in the 21st Century Tea Party letter writing campaign calling for prison reform.  While those on the outside targeted the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, inmates addressed their concerns to the Governor of Maryland.  
 
We received many letters from inmates who participated in the campaign. One individual encouraged over 100 individuals to sign letters to the governor.  We also received emails from several caucus members pledging their support in the upcoming legislative session.
 
The Legal Awareness Seminar organized by the Extra Legalese Staff at JCI (Larry Brent, Vincent Greco, Robert "Manchild" Morgan, Ronald Ellis and Rashid Salih) was also a huge success and sparked a sense of hope within those who participated.  The organizers received many letters of support for their outstanding work and convey a special thanks to Sgt. Sonji Lynn, Volunteer Coordinator at JCI, who worked especially hard to ensure that the seminar was a success. 
 
While the seminar lacked support from Maryland Division of Corrections officials, among them Wendell France and Cornelius Woodson, it enabled positive community connections as recommended by the Confronting Confinement report (http://www.prisoncommission.org/report.asp).  Secretary Gary D. Maynard served on the prison commission.
 
Several hundred inmates participated and workshop presenters included Frank Dunbaugh, Marc Mauer, Walter Talley, Dan Zaccagnini, Val Hymes, Nancy Forster, Curtis Cooper and a host of others. 
 
As the number of new AIDS cases in Maryland prisons doubled between 2004-2005 and leads the nation in HIV percentage of infection, please spread the word about the Center for Health Justice HIV and Hepatitis information line found in this issue.
 
All of the energy generated from the summer events lead us into PHASE II of The Maryland Restorative Justice Initiatve (see calendar of events).
Clarence "Tiger" Davis to be Keynote Speaker at The Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative Seminar
Clarence "Tiger" DavisClarence "Tiger" Davis in November 1982 was elected to the House of Delegates of the Maryland General Assembly where he held several leadership positions.  He was an Associated Professor of History at Essex Community College from 1986-96 and currently lectures in history at Morgan State University.
 
In 1993, when former Governor Glendening removed the possibility for persons serving parole eligible life sentences, he was the first to introduce legislation calling for the removal of the Governor's authority to sign for their release, and has continued that struggle to this day.
Get Involved - Calendar of Events
 
 
MARYLAND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE SEMINAR will take place on September 20, 2008 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm at Morgan State University, The Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD.  (Please see the SEMINAR'S AGENDA at the column to the left.) RSVP to mrji4phases@yahoo.com
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FAMILIES AGAINST INJUSTICE will meet on October 10, 2008 from 6:00 pm 8:00 pm at Sojourner Douglass College, 200 N. Central Avenue, Baltimore, MD.  Families against Injustice is a Baltimore-based organization and support group helping family members and loved ones of individuals who are incarcerated.  Contact smithconnieb@aol.com for more information.
Scene from the Play:  Road 2 Redempshun, From the Prison to the Stage Series, Kennedy Center, August 30th
Scene from Road to Redemption
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

From the Prison to the Stage is a part of the Kennedy Center's Page to the Play series.  Scenes from five plays were performed.  The works of Shelton Land, Lamont Carey, Ramone Ringo Fernandez, Lee Amiralt, Dennis Sorbin and Joseph Biggs, five of whom are ex-felons, were featured.  The Prisons Foundation provided free table space for organizations to share with a packed house. Check out Playwright Lamont Carey's work at lawsofthestreet.com.  
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