Last night The Reentry Project hosted “The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated” at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Here are some of the photos that our participants and guests shared on Twitter:
Last night we hosted “The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated” at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
The event was intended to advance the conversation on reentry in Philadelphia by providing a platform for formerly incarcerated people to present effective models that address the challenges facing others with criminal histories.
In the coming days we will publish video clips from the event and reports from our partnering news organizations.
For now, you can scroll through the slide show above to view some of the photos that our participants and guests shared on Twitter during the event. (Mouse over the photos to see accompanying text.)
If we missed a photo that you would like to see included, please send us the URL via the contact form in our home page sidebar.
This event will take place Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at The Franklin Institute but is now booked to capacity and we can no longer make tickets available. But you can tune in from anywhere thanks to our partners:
WURD Radio will stream live audio from the event on air at 96.1 FM and 900 AM in Philadelphia. You can also listen to WURD online:
PhillyCam will stream live video online which you can watch on YouTube:
Please tune in and let us know what you think: You can contact us through the form in our home page sidebar or via Facebook or Twitter.
Panelists seated from left included Donna Allie, PhD, president and CEO of Team Clean, Jeff Brown, chief executive of Brown’s Super Stores Inc., Bob Logue, president of Quaker City Coffee and Beth Tiewater, director of development and programs of Baker Industries.
As representatives of local companies who frequently hire from the reentry pool, they spoke about why they do it, what the challenges are, and why they think other businesses could benefit.
The Philadelphia Media Network organized this gathering, which took place at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.
“The unfairness of waiting in jail because you can’t pay your bail and it’s connected to a lot of the bigger things that we were thinking about this year,” said Andrew Yang, a principal member of Circle Mobilizing Because Black Lives Matter.
Jeff Abramowitz knows firsthand that the biggest problem confronting formerly-incarcerated people in Philadelphia is knowing where to go and how to get support once they leave the prison system. He’s been out of prison for more than two years and owns a workforce development agency.