A thread - We are so humbled & proud of the guests who shared a bit of their lives with the world on #Amplifiedvoices in Season 1.

As we gear up for Season 2, Catch up, comment, share & support! The more these voices are heard, the further change can go! #cjreform
@ThoughtasWeak was featured in the 1st full episode (3) She shared her thoughts on how her family was affected by both harm & the system, her search for answers, what they thought justice should look like, her spirituality, & journey to healing & advocacy. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/480560…
Episode 4 follows Iran Nazario, of @PeaceCenterofCT through his turbulent childhood, subsequent immersion in gang membership & entanglement in the cj system. His inspiring journey to repurpose himself as a proponent of peace & understanding makes an impact amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/492725…
Episode 5 highlights @ksburgess, a mother, wife & outspoken advocate from MI. She bravely shares her family’s story of harm, both within her family & as a result of the criminal legal process that denied them the healing that they earnestly sought. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/500067…
Episode 6 features @DavidLeegarlock’s meaningful story of forgiveness, rehabilitation, spirituality & redemption. David talks of years of physical, mental, & sexual abuse prior to taking the life of his abuser, going to prison, reentry, advocacy & more. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/512359…
Andre joined us for Episode 7. He is a pastor, former attorney, & reform advocate. His story is one of personal accountability & systemic injustice. He openly shares the impacts that he & his family have experienced as the result of bad policy for decades. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/520668…
Episode 8 is a moving convo with @akhan1437, who describes himself as "going from an 8 year-old little league baseball player, to an 18 year-old with a life sentence." His inspiring story is one of trauma, accountability, determination, hard work, & hope. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/531971…
In Episode 9 @Tamilbond4 speaks on being a young mom, a veteran & experiencing military sexual trauma.  After committing an offense & being impacted by the system, she learns to cope with “life on the list”. Her message is one of growth, change & hope. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/542384…
Daryl McGraw joined us for Episode 10 - Daryl, a center of positivity & inspiring mentor, is well-known in #cjreform circles in CT. Come hear him talk about how he evolved, healed through addiction & gives back to the community in so many ways. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/552569…
Andrew a pastor, & friend who has been impacted by the criminal legal system, both as a family member & as the victim of a crime wowed us with his strength, passion & message of hope for all in Episode 11 amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/566212… #amplifiedvoices
In Episode 12 @bohomamasoul , mother of four, shares about the challenges of family separation by incarceration, speaks of finding humanity in the most unexpected places & highlights how every family is unique. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/576438…
Episode 13 features @cnvtmiller_k, a business owner, wife, mother, student & advocate from Iowa. She authentically shares how her family was affected by addiction, incarceration, special probation conditions, mandated treatment, public registration & more. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/586752…
In Episode 14 @TihebaB - a mother, student, activist & advocate for formerly incarcerated women shares her experiences: being raised by her grandmother in Brooklyn, a difficult struggle with addiction, being incarcerated & the long journey to find her way. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/606036…
Episode 15 features @Victim2Advocate sharing her story. As someone who experienced a violent crime as a teenager, as well as a person who supports a loved one behind bars, she advocates for accountability, humanity, equity & healing for all people. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/632698…
In Episode 16, we spoke with @thomasowenbaker, a veteran & former #police officer who shared how his involvement in policing affected him, leading to his strong desire to convert his experiences into something of social value: research on use of force. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/654143…
We ended the season by saying THANKS - reflecting on how the #podcast has evolved - exploring how proximity #storytelling have been able to make an impact on the many people who have participated, listened & shared the show with others. amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/681813… #AmplifiedVoices
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4 Oct
1/When my LO was incarcerated, people in my circle helped pay for phone calls for my kids. I have NEVER forgotten that kindness. The bill was often over over $500 per month & I was ashamed that I needed the help. During the winter I couldn’t afford the calls & heat too.
2/A group of great people pooled money for modest Christmas gifts so my kids could feel like their world wasn’t crumbling around them. This gesture gave the kids the opportunity to feel a sense of normalcy. The givers? They didn’t even celebrate Christmas, but cared that we did.
3/Her first time waiting at the prison for a visit, my daughter began to cry uncontrollably while standing “on the line” waiting for her dad to be brought out. An angel of a woman next to her reached over, touched her shoulder and told her she was gonna be ok. #cjreform
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29 Sep
The attack on this politician is the most egregious use of fear-mongering politics I have ever seen. “New Jersey Dem Under Fire for Lobbying Against Sex Offender Registry” freebeacon.com/2020-election/…
The idea that the @NRCC - National Republican Congressional Committee would use this type of rhetoric in an ad with no regard to the fact that these policies actually PERPETUATE sexual harm for political gain is disgusting.
I am encouraged that NJ Faith Leaders are calling for the NRCC to recall this ad. All people of conscious who understand that this framing is harmful to survivors, families, communities & public safety- speak up. This is partisan politics at its worst. Shame on you @NRCC
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2 Aug
1/ “It is important to note, that the people languishing on probation, on the registry, in mandated outpatient treatment, in rescue programs and other forms of out of prison confinement are considered to be ‘in the community’” @MayaSchenwar @LVikkiml #read4justicewithamber
2/ “This refrain raises the question of what it means to be part of a community. In the vocabulary of the prison nation, being in community simply means occupying the same physical space as others.” - @MayaSchenwar @LVikkiml
3/ “But community has a deeper meaning, a sense of mutual care and responsibility & it is this meaning that disintegrates in the face of constant surveillance and restrictions.” - Prison by Any other Name @MayaSchenwar @LVikkiml #read4justicewithamber
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23 Jul
1/“Interestingly, some of the most ardent prison critics are not troubled by the carve-out to the mass incarceration critique for sexual misconduct...even though there is no such carve out for aggravated assault, drug dealing, or even murder.”-@ayagruber #endtheregistry #cjreform
2/ “The exception for sexual offenses is so taken for granted that few feel the need to mention it or stray from the presumption that sex offenders are just a small minority of those swept away in mass incarceration” - Feminist War on Crime @ayagruber #cjreform
3/ “Reality is that according to a BJS report on the US prison population is that so’s at 12.4%, constitute a higher percentage than burglars & nonsexual assaults & nearly as high a percentage as all drug offenders (15.7%)” Feminist War on Crime @ayagruber #read4justicewithamber
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14 Jul
1/ If you are in NY, are affected by public registration, have a loved one who is, or fundamentally oppose registries as a matter of human rights & because they distract from strategies that actually reduce sexual harm - We must join those on the ground & expand our coalitions.
2/ If you find it difficult to understand why this matters, consider this. A full 32% of the NY Corrections Committee agenda today involves bills that demand further restrictions, sanctions & punitive actions towards individuals who are required to register. #endtheregistry
3/Many of these are measures such as residency & proximity restrictions, parental visitation, & internet surveillance. All of these things have huge collateral consequences, do not protect children, infringe on rights & detract from strategies that help reduce sexual harm.
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6 Jul
@ayagruber reflects - “How did the feminism anti-violence agenda become so tethered to the tough-on crime position? How come gender crime gets a carve out or even veto over #cjreform?...In many ways the feminist war on crime is a feminist civil war”#read4justicewithamber
2 / “It is natural to want to advocate for more crim. enforcement in the face of rape crisis stats & stories of abuser impunity. However, in the rush to punish bad apples we forget that the cj system is culturally ordered, technocratic & beholden to specific political forces.”
3/ @ayagruber unpacks how “Feminist criminal law reforms have always operated within the context of larger social phenomena, from slavery to sex panics.” Check out the Intro, Ch1 Ch 2 this week. Share your thoughts & RT to #read4justicewithamber
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